Oh, the Economics You'll Find in Dr. Seuss!

30 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2009  

Ben Miller

Economics Department, UCSD

Michael W. Watts

Purdue University - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 12, 2009

Abstract

We provide a list of economic concepts and issues covered in all of the children's books published by Theodor Geisel, writing under the pen names of Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, or Rosetta Stone. We discuss his treatment of the concepts and issues that appear most often and that are treated in greater depth, especially in his works for relatively older readers. We begin with a brief biography to show that much of the economic content in these works reflects Geisel's personal experiences or the major historical events of his lifetime. Some of it may also be attributable to college courses in economics that both he and his first wife completed.

JEL Classification: A20, A21, A22

Suggested Citation

Miller, Ben and Watts, Michael W., Oh, the Economics You'll Find in Dr. Seuss! (March 12, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1364412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1364412

Ben Miller

Economics Department, UCSD ( email )

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Michael W. Watts (Contact Author)

Purdue University - Department of Economics ( email )

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