The economics of The Hunger Games
by Jeffrey Cleveland; Kim Holder; Brian O'Roark
International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (IJPEE), Vol. 7, No. 2, 2016

Abstract: Using media in the classroom is an increasingly common way to teach economics. As far back as the 1830s, Martineau created stories with an economic message. Since then, many others have explored the economics found in other works of literature. Our objective here is to analyse the economic messages of one of the most popular young adult book series of the past ten years, The Hunger Games. In this paper, we examine issues of economic organisation, comparative advantage, the role of institutions, and income inequality among others, all of which help to promote the storyline of the novel. Students have responded favourably to the use of familiar characters in explaining these ideas, and we believe that utilising literature has been and will continue to be a helpful tool for economics instructors.

Online publication date: Sat, 03-Sep-2016

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