Using Popular Music to Teach Principles of Economics: Beyoncé's Take on Demand and Quantity Demanded

Forthcoming in the Journal of Private Enterprise 28(2), 2013: pp. 139-149

10 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2013

Date Written: December 10, 2012

Abstract

Academic economists must teach students in principles-level classes the fundamental concepts of economics so that students become informed participants within the democratic process of collective choice over public policy (Boettke, 2012, 2011). Any good student of economics must know the distinction between demand and quantity demanded (Hayne, Boettke, and Prychitko, 2010). Economics is a social science that arrives at the knowledge through different epistemological procedures. This paper proposes the active learning exercise that uses the lyrics of the popular song “Irreplaceable” performed by American R&B singer Beyonce Knowles to teach students the fundamental concepts of demand and quantity demanded.

Keywords: economics education, teaching of economics, demand curve, quantity demanded

JEL Classification: A20, A22

Suggested Citation

Krasnozhon, Leonid, Using Popular Music to Teach Principles of Economics: Beyoncé's Take on Demand and Quantity Demanded (December 10, 2012). Forthcoming in the Journal of Private Enterprise 28(2), 2013: pp. 139-149, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2292274

Leonid Krasnozhon (Contact Author)

Loyola University New Orleans ( email )

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