The Economics of The Hunger Games

Cleveland, J., Holder, K. and O’Roark, B. “The Economics of The Hunger Games”. International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education. 7 (2), 152-169, 2016

Posted: 8 Apr 2016 Last revised: 21 Sep 2016

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Jeffrey Cleveland

Independent

Kim Holder

University of West Georgia

Brian O'Roark

Robert Morris University

Date Written: November 6, 2015

Abstract

Using media in the classroom is an increasingly common way to teach economics. As far back as the 1830s Martineau created stories with an economic message. Since then, many others have explored the economics found in other works of literature. Our objective here is to analyze the economic messages of one of the most popular young adult book series of the past ten years, The Hunger Games. In this paper we examine issues, of economic organization, comparative advantage, the role of institutions, and income inequality among others, all of which help to promote the story line of the novel. Students have responded favorably to the use of familiar characters in explaining these ideas, and we believe that utilizing literature has been and will continue to be a helpful tool for economics instructors.

Keywords: economic education, literature, Hunger Games, media in the classroom

JEL Classification: A20

Suggested Citation

Cleveland, Jeffrey and Holder, Kim and O'Roark, J. Brian, The Economics of The Hunger Games (November 6, 2015). Cleveland, J., Holder, K. and O’Roark, B. “The Economics of The Hunger Games”. International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education. 7 (2), 152-169, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2760226

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Robert Morris University ( email )

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