Public Choice Lessons from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

18 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2015 Last revised: 23 Jan 2018

See all articles by Marta Podemska-Mikluch

Marta Podemska-Mikluch

Gustavus Adolphus College

Darwyyn Deyo

San Jose State University

David T. Mitchell

University of Central Arkansas

Date Written: August 10, 2015

Abstract

J.K Rowling’s series of books about the underage wizard Harry Potter is an exceptionally effective tool for introducing students to the key concepts of public choice. By keeping political figures at the forefront of the story, Rowling encourages students to recognize the differences between the choices made by individuals in markets and politics. To illuminate the pedagogical potential of the series, and to ease its adoption, we discuss a set of examples that best illustrate the key concepts of public choice. We also share a classroom exercise showcasing how the series can be used to promote active learning.

Keywords: Edutainment, Economic Pedagogy, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, Public Choice, Rent-Seeking

JEL Classification: A11, A13, A22, D01, D7, D72

Suggested Citation

Podemska-Mikluch, Marta and Deyo, Darwyyn and Mitchell, David T., Public Choice Lessons from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (August 10, 2015). The Journal of Private Enterprise. Vol. 31(1), Spring 2016: 57-69. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2641973 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2641973

Marta Podemska-Mikluch (Contact Author)

Gustavus Adolphus College ( email )

800 West College Ave.
Saint Peter, MN Mn 56082
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HOME PAGE: http://www.podemska.com

Darwyyn Deyo

San Jose State University ( email )

San Jose, CA 95192
United States

David T. Mitchell

University of Central Arkansas ( email )

201 Donagehy Ave.
Conway, AR 72035-0001
United States

HOME PAGE: http://uca.edu/efirm/facultystaff/dmitchell/

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