Parks and Recreation and Economics (Routledge Economics and Popular Culture) (Hardcover)

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Parks and Recreation and Economics (Routledge Economics and Popular Culture) (Hardcover)


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This book provides an in-depth look at the primary foundations of economics explored through the lens of the Pawnee Department of Parks and Recreation. Each episode of the hit television series, Parks and Recreation, includes material to help an eager learner understand the basics of one of the most fascinating fields of study.

Whether you've wondered how economists determine specialization or why fast-food restaurants continue to pop up around your neighborhood, the same situations have occurred in Pawnee. Each chapter highlights key scenes or major episodes that demonstrate how the characters experience economics in exactly the same way the rest of us do. This text primarily builds on the debates that take place between Leslie, Ron, and their co-workers, while also exploring key questions such as whether governments should try to help people through direct intervention or sell off all the swings to private corporations and let businesses handle day-to-day decisions. Learn how incentives can make Jerry appear to be a more productive employee short-term, but end up causing chaos. Do you wonder what it would be like to live in the early 1800s? Thankfully Leslie has already done that for us.

This book is a must-read for anyone looking for a fun way to learn the principles of economics, including as a supplementary text, and for all fans of Parks and Recreation. Take the advice of Tom and Donna and treat yo' self to this key read.

Jadrian Wooten is an Associate Teaching Professor of Economics at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is involved in developing teaching resources for university and high school instructors and is best known for his work on the integration of media into the economics curriculum.

Product Details ISBN: 9780367557317
ISBN-10: 0367557312
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 30th, 2021
Pages: 110
Language: English
Series: Routledge Economics and Popular Culture