Understanding Economics with the Power of Star Wars

by Beltway Banthas

Economics is like the Force, it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together. If you’ve never really been into economic theory, it’s okay you’re not alone. This episode is your primer on Economics 101 using Star Wars as a guide to powerful ideas such as Game Theory, Supply & Demand, Opportunity Cost and Incentives. Whether it’s Rogue One, Return of the Jedi, Solo, A New Hope, or Attack of the Clones…Star Wars is chock full of great scenes that have hidden lessons on economic theory.

Guided by Stephen Kent, Prof. Matthew Rousu, and Bailey Hackenberry, the curators of www.economicsofstarwars.com, blast off into the Economics of Star Wars!

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Beltway Banthas is a podcast about the intersection of Star Wars and politics. For host Stephen Kent, one of those things is politics. Star Wars draws from our world’s politics just as much as it contributes to it by influencing policymakers, journalists and thought leaders. On this podcast, we seek to understand how Star Wars impacts the world we live in, while also covering the Star Wars news, gossip and hype of the day. The show is produced by Riley Blanton.

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