Why Superman Doesn't Take Over The World "What Superheroes Can Tell Us About Economics"

por O'Roark, Brian
Why Superman Doesn't Take Over The World "What Superheroes Can Tell Us About Economics"
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ISBN: 978-0-19-882947-8
Editorial: Oxford University Press
Fecha de la edición: 2019
idioma: Ingles
Nº Pág.: 224


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Reseña: Why do heroes fight each other? Why do villains keep trying even though they almost never win? Why don't heroes simply take over the world? Economics and comics may seem to be a world apart. But in the hands of economics professor and comic book hero aficionado Brian ORoark, the two form a powerful alliance. With brilliant deadpan enthusiasm he shows how the travails of superheroes can explain the building blocks of economics, and how economics explains the mysteries of superhero behavior. Spider-Man's existential doubts revolve around opportunity costs; Wonder Woman doesn't have a sidekick because she has a comparative advantage; game theory sheds light on the battle between Captain America and Iron Man; the Joker keeps committing crimes because of the Peltzman effect; and utility curves help us decide who is the greatest superhero of all. Why Superman Doesn't Take Over the World probes the motivations of our favorite heroes, and reveals that the characters in the comics may have powers we dont, but they are still beholden to the laws of economics.
indice: 1: Everyone loves a good backstory, even economists 2: Who is that masked man? 3: Keep your friends close, or why do superheroes team up? 4: But your enemies closer: Why do superheroes fight each other? 5: Don't give up your day job: Why do superheroes go to work? 6: Give up already! When superheroes are fighting crime, who wants to be a criminal? 7: Who's going to clean up this mess? 8: Where do they get those wonderful toys? 9: Why don't superheroes take over the world? 10: Who is the greatest of them all?


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