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Economics and The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games - book and movie

The Hunger Games - book and movie

I have no excuse – no teenage daughter or son around the house to lure me into Suzanne Collins’ trilogy that starts with The Hunger Games. I read all three just for the fun of it. And now there is an interesting tie-in between the book/movie and economics; specifically how some countries prosper and others don’t.

Matthew Yglesias writes in Slate:

At first glance, the economic landscape depicted in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling Hunger Games trilogy doesn’t make much sense. Despite its post-apocalyptic condition, the fictional nation of Panem is quite technologically advanced. It has high-speed trains, hovercrafts, extraordinary genetic engineering capabilities, and the ability to create extremely advanced weapons. And yet Panem is also a society of tremendous economic inequality, with clear examples of absolute economic deprivation and even famine.

Most importantly, Yglesias refers to a much-quoted book, Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. These authors have some plain sense observations about how and why nations grow and prosper. We’ll look at those observations in more depth later.

Meanwhile, the Slate article is a good start, and an interesting connection to this weekend’s blockbuster movie.

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1 comment to Economics and The Hunger Games

  • Jennifer

    I have to write a report on every economic concept.. in each scene.. using graphics and curves and all that junk…
    I might need some help.. I haven’t read or seen the movie and barely know what it
    is about.. any help would be appreciated.. I will let you know when I finally
    do watch the movie. :) THANK YOU!

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