Teaching Economics through Cinema

1 October 2008 at 10:45 pm 9 comments

| Peter Klein |

I wrote something a while back on the entrepreneur in film. Here’s a working paper on the use of cinema in economics education more generally. Gherardo Girardi experiments with movies in the clasroom and reports the results, summarized by this (perhaps unintentionally) droll remark: “The results from the student surveys show that the students strongly wish to see the proposed module introduced.” No kidding.

Girardi’s recommendions include some surprises along with familiar items:

  1. Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller, 1949, US) – Choice of profession, sense of self worth based on economic performance;
  2. Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck, 1939, US) – Property rights, migration, trade unions;
  3. Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens, 1838, UK) – Economics of crime, economics of charities;
  4. Rogue Trader (James Dearden, 1999, US) / Wall Street (Oliver Stone, 1987, US; C) – Psychology of financial markets, business ethics;
  5. Balkanizateur (Sotiris Goritsas, 1998, Greece; C) – Efficiency of capital markets;
  6. La Terra Trema (Luchino Visconti, 1948, Italy) – Poverty and the risks of entrepreneurship;
  7. St. Francis (Michele Soavi, 2002, Italy) / Francis, God’s Jester (Rossellini, 1950, Italy) – Choice between wealth and poverty
  8. Mother India (Mehboob Khan, 1957, India; C) – Rural financial markets in poor countries;
  9. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austin, 1813, UK) – Dowries, economics of inheritance;
  10. Ashani Sanket (a.k.a. Distant Thunder, Satyajit Ray, 1973, India) – Economics of famines;
  11. Robin Hood (author unknown, 1973 Walt Disney production recommended) – Morality of stealing from the rich/the state

See also From ABBA to Zeppelin, Led: Using Music to Teach Economics.

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  • 2. Joseph Logan  |  2 October 2008 at 8:54 am

    12. Glengarry Glen Ross (David Mamet, 1992)–Relationship of individual and firm sales to steak knives

  • 3. Bart  |  2 October 2008 at 2:43 pm

    13. Wall Street (Oliver Stone, 1987)-Cheating with stock in a time when it was still in high demand

  • 4. david  |  2 October 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I used a Seinfeld episode to discuss whether or not you can really fire your grocer… or your grocer can fire you.

  • 5. spostrel  |  2 October 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Ghostbusters–private sector innovation vs. government regulation.

  • 6. Andre Koen  |  6 October 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Interesting post!

    The result of a particular study shows that some students really appreciate such medium of learning.

    It’s really worth visiting your blog.

  • 7. sred  |  6 October 2008 at 4:25 pm

    The Firm (1993)- Greed can corrupt honest graduates. By the time they realize, it’s too late for them to walk away because they have become part of the corporation.

  • 8. aje  |  8 October 2008 at 4:06 pm


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