January 8, 2013
Posted by Jay Livingston
Why should the economists have all the good music videos?
Sociologists do have a sense of humor, don’t they? At least some do. But it’s the economists who dominate the supply side of social science music videos. The Keynes-Hayek rap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk goes back a few years and now has sequels. And for an academic video, it has impressive production values.
Eventhe Harvard Econ department went public with their version of “Call Me Maybe” (do they really want you to call even if you’re not offering them a consulting job?). Greg Mankiw looks like he’s never heard the song before (is that even possible?) and is having trouble reading the words off the cue card. Which is pretty funny if unintentionally so.
The Stand-up Economist has no counterparts from sociology. I guess we’re taking this one sitting down.
And now the Akon - Lonely Island parody (Mankiw has makes a cameo appearance).
(If you are not familiar with the template, it’s here.)
A couple of weeks before Christmas, an economist sent me this, a seasonally adjusted economic video. He added, “When I posted it on Facebook, an economics researcher wrote “how can something so clever be so wrong.”
We sociologists may not make videos, but when we’re clever, we also get it right.