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Between Angels and Insects - Papa Roach
I just want to be heard loud and clear are my words
Self-regarding behavior is the cornerstone of economic analysis. Recall Adam Smith's famous quote, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, baker, or brewer that we expect our dinner, but from their own self interest." Would a world full of "Angels" work as well at providing what people want? What about a world full of "Insects?" Papa Roach seems to be saying that "greed" is a problem. Comment.
I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf
And I would do anything for love
But I'll never forget the way you feel right now--
The principle of substitution says that a consumer is willing to give up some of one good to get more of another good. This principle is implicit in indifference curve analysis since the indifference curve represents this trade-off of one good for another. One violation of this principle is lexicographic preferences. A person having lexicographic preferences will always prefer to have more of good x - so much so that she will be unwilling to trade for a different bundle with slightly less x but a lot more y. Is MeatLoaf saying he has a lexicographic preference against "that"? Suppose that he is unwilling to do "that" - what does that imply for the marginal rate of substitution of love for "that"?
Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow
Near the middle of the song Sheryl Crow sings, "I'm gonna soak up the sun while it's still free." Comment on the accuracy of this statement from an opportunity cost perspective. What are some of the contrasts mentioned in the song between the affluent and the poor?