Have Coase - Will Travel: New Ways to Teach Coase Using Old Media
The Journal of Private Enterprise, Forthcoming
22 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2020 Last revised: 28 Aug 2020
Date Written: June 5, 2020
Bitter Wine was the 23rd episode of the premiere season of the Emmy-nominated Western, Have Gun - Will Travel. Gun-for-hire Paladin settles an externality issue between a small scale vintner and neighboring oilman a la Coase, but two years before Coase's seminal paper. This 1958 episode acutely portrays the Coasian solution often taught in undergraduate courses. Incorporating this episode into the undergraduate curriculum can serve as a stepping stone for discussing the implications of transaction costs and the Coase Theorem.
Keywords: Coase Theorem, Media, Pedagogy, Externality, Ronald Coase
JEL Classification: A21, A22
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