Bruce (Matilda)

The principle (Miss Trunchbull) discovers that Bruce stole a piece of cake. As punishment, this (sadistic) principal wants Bruce to eat an entire cake. This song illustrates the concepts of diminishing marginal utility. The first piece of cake can be tasty – often worth a lot to people who enjoy cake. A second piece is […]

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Great Big Stuff (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)

Freddie is asked what he wants – and he doesn’t hesitate to answer. He wants all sorts of things. This would be a good song to play to introduce the concept of marginal utility and/or the marginal utility of wealth. If you don’t have much money, receiving $10,000 can be life-changing. But after you’re already […]

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Simple Joys (Pippin)

The Singer is describing a couple economic issues in this song. First, despite having power and material wealth, the subject of this song isn’t happy. This song might be good to lead into a discussion of the diminishing marginal utility of money or wealth. It also illustrates trade-offs, as the singer asks a series of […]

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