Not least amongst the reasons, is the popularity of the best selling, Freakonomics. Written in an engaging, and quirky style it looks at everyday problems and examines them from an economist perspective. There seems to be little that cannot be explained through Economics, from Roe vs Wade (abortion) to decisions by school teachers and sumo wrestlers.
The runaway success of Freakonomics and its associated blog has spawned many similar books such as:
- More Sex is Safer Sex: The unconventional wisdom of Economics.
- Sex, Drugs, and Economics: An unconventional introduction into Economics
- The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
Fortunately, or unfortunately, such juicy questions are unlikely to start appearing on Economics A Level and University exams. But, nevertheless they do serve to illustrate the all pervading influence of economics.
I had an English teacher who was fond of saying Shakespeare was all about Economics. (yes, I agree a strange thing for an English teacher to say. His argument was that if Shakespeare had been born in a time of less economic affluence. His plays would have never been written)
We even have a economic stand up in Yarum Baumon - Funny Economic video
One might ask where it is all going to end?