From the Beatles to Macklemore: Economics in Music in the Pop Culture Era

36 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2016 Last revised: 30 Apr 2016

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Kim Holder

University of West Georgia

Mateer Dirk

University of Arizona

Brian O'Roark

Robert Morris University

Date Written: February 16, 2016

Abstract

Economists have explored the relationship between economics and music since Tinari and Khandke (2000) made use of popular songs, dating back to the 1930s, to help teach economics. This paper takes the work of Tinari and Khandke and combines it with the more recent efforts of Mateer and Rice (2007) and Hall, Lawson and Mateer (2008) to create a database of the best economic songs for each year from 1964 through 2015. The database provides a historical timeline that helps instructors connect economic events from the past with the music of that time period. For each song selected, we provide the core economic concept(s) that it conveys and a sample of the relevant lyrics.

Keywords: Economic Education, Music, Teaching

JEL Classification: A10, A20

Suggested Citation

Holder, Kim and Dirk, Mateer and O'Roark, J. Brian, From the Beatles to Macklemore: Economics in Music in the Pop Culture Era (February 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2733042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2733042

Kim Holder (Contact Author)

University of West Georgia ( email )

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Mateer Dirk

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
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United States

J. Brian O'Roark

Robert Morris University ( email )

Department of Economics & Legal Studies
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United States
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