From ABBA to Led Zeppelin: using music to teach economics
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The Trees - Rush

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So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
"The oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light."
Now there's no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.

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Assignment:

In this song the maples are upset about the "greedy" oaks and demand equality. Do you see any parallels between this song and policy issues such as anti-discrimination laws, affirmative action, set-asides, etc.? In your discussion be sure to highlight the notions of efficiency and equity/equality and the trade-offs that may exist in achieving these goals.

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