The Stand-Up Economist

5 March 2007 at 1:04 am Leave a comment

| Peter Klein |

A very funny translation of Mankiw’s Ten Principles of Economics by Yoram Bauman, billed as “the world’s first and only stand-up economist.” (Thanks to Eddie Garrett for the link.)

It’s good stuff, but not nearly as funny as a principles lecture by Bill Breit. I attended this session in honor of Breit at the 2001 Southern Economics Association annual meeting. You’ll notice in the transcript of Ken Elzinga’s remarks the note “Excerpts from the Spring 1969 Breit lectures played.” Omigosh (as my students would say) — Breit’s routine was as funny as anything I’ve ever seen on HBO or Comedy Central. The other people in the session were literally doubled over with laughter. And this was a lecture on Adam Smith! (I’ve since asked Elzinga if he would make the recording available but he didn’t feel comfortable doing so. Perhaps a groundswell of requests from the O&M readership would convince him to change his mind.)

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