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Superheroes and economics : the shadowy world of capes, masks and invisible hands

Author: J Brian O'Roark; Rob Salkowitz
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: Routledge economics and popular culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At first sight, superheroes and economics seem to occupy completely different dimensions - but a clash of dimensions is a classic comic book storyline: In this first-of-its-kind book, an economist and a business writer assemble an A-team of academic talent to explore the intersection of superhero mythology and economic theory in ten accessible chapters. Superheroes and economics uncovers basic economic truths that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comic books, strips, etc
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Brian O'Roark; Rob Salkowitz
ISBN: 9780815367086 0815367082 9780815367079 0815367074
OCLC Number: 1023776414
Description: xvi, 143 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Economic realism in the worlds of Alan Moore --
Part I. Microeconomics --
The high cost of being Batman / Clair Smith --
Wonder Woman: feminist and economic icon / James Bryan --
Poor Peter Parker: spider sense doesn't apply to making a living / Patrick Holt --
Part II. Macroeconomics --
From weakling to superhero: the economics of Captain America / John Robinson and William C. Wood --
The political economy of Black Panther's Wakanda / J. Robert Subrick --
Truth, justice and the economic way / Brian O'Roarke --
Part III. Advanced --
From the comic book to the real world: the principal-agent problem and moral hazards when Iron Man flies over your backyard / Deborah Kozdras and Antoinette Criss --
The Shadow vs. Batman: contrasting approaches to "producing" justice / John R. Swinton --
The Avengers vs. the Incredible (but unpredictable) Hulk / Amanda Mandzik.
Series Title: Routledge economics and popular culture.
Responsibility: edited by Brian O'Roark and Rob Salkowitz.

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At first sight, superheroes and economics seem to occupy completely different dimensions - but a clash of dimensions is a classic comic book storyline: In this first-of-its-kind book, an economist and a business writer assemble an A-team of academic talent to explore the intersection of superhero mythology and economic theory in ten accessible chapters. Superheroes and economics uncovers basic economic truths that are integral to the comic stories from some of the genre's most famous names. The authors of the chapters look at ways that economic principles can add authenticity to imagined universes, and how familiar superhero stories can demonstrate concepts used by economists to forecast the behavior of markets and individuals. If Spider-Man is so smart, why isn't he rich? What are the economic implications of a tech entrepreneur like Tony Stark actually inventing Iron Man armor? What does the 80-year career of Wonder Woman tell us about the evolving role of women in the workplace? This unique book extnds the scope of comics studies to encompass social sciences. It offers a great way to introduce both fans and students to topics like opportunity cost, growth, inflation and cost benefit analysis, as well as more advanced concepts like moral hazard, utility functions and economic growth. This text can be used to supplement economics courses using colorful examples that any pop culture fan can relate to.

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