And the Money Kept Rolling In (Evita)

Eva Peron is loved – in part because of the money she’s giving away. Those who obtain the money she’s giving love Eva Peron – even though it isn’t actually Peron’s money. The money was obtained from taxing others. The themes of this song are relevant today. Is somebody compassionate when they tax some individuals […]

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You Gotta Get A Gimmick (Gypsy)

The ladies are singing about how to be a better stripper. While entertaining and funny, this song is a a good illustration of a couple economics concepts. First, this song illustrates the returns to human capital, as the ladies all invested time and energy to “get a gimmick” in order to receive higher wages. Because […]

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How the Money Changes Hands (Tenderloin)

In this song, the singer sings how money cycles through the economy from the landlord to the farmer to the grocer to the banker. This is a good example of why there is what economists call the “multiplier effect”. When one person gets extra money, not only is their life improved, but their extra spending […]

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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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Airport Song (Honeymoon in Vegas)

Jack wants to get from Kauai to Las Vegas as soon as possible. The initial price quoted is exorbitant, and then the airline employees discuss other routes that might be more-reasonably priced. This song provides a great introduction of price discrimination. Airlines attempt to charge customers different prices based on how much they’re willing to […]

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