I like your teaching approach, and afeefolks have collectively gathered a
great list of economically relevant film fictions.
The introductory quote of Daniel Quinn may indeed come at the beginning of
every economics curriculum - and the moldability of human habits is every
more underpinned not only by good old (original) institutional theory but by
other modern sciences such as behavioral, psychological, brain and
I also like your approach telling students what economics IS and IS NOT. For
what it is not, you might consider something like (I usually use that):
Economics is not a way of thinking along established everyday habits of
thought, or what the ruling media tell us it to be. It's not what we usually
believe to see on the surface (the veil) of our daily experience.
Much success with your course!
Dr Wolfram Elsner
Professor of Economics, University of Bremen, Business Studies & Economics
iino - Institute of Institutional & Innovation Economics,
* President, 2012-16, EAEPE-European Assoc for Evolutionary Political
* Adjunct Prof, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Doctoral Faculty,
* Academic Member, Enterpreneurship and Innovation Center, School of
Economics, Jilin University, Changchun, PR China
* Managing Editor, FSE-Forum for Social Economics, Taylor&Francis.
* NEW TEXTBOOK: MICROECONOMICS of Complex Economies. Evolutionary,
Institutional, Neoclassical and Complexity Perspectives, Amsterdam, Boston
et al.: Elsevier/Academic Pr., 2014, with T. Heinrich and H. Schwardt.
* Trust and Arena Size. Expectations, Institutions, General Trust, and
Critical Population and Group Sizes, JoIE-Journal of Institutional
Economics, 10.1, 2014, 107-134.
* Ed., Special Issue games, "Game Theory and Institutional Economics",
* From Emergent Cooperation to Contextual Trust, and to General Trust:
Overlapping Meso-Sized Interaction Arenas and Cooperation Platforms as a
Foundation of Pro-Social Behavior, with H. Schwardt, FSE-Forum for Social
Economics 44.1, 2015, 69-86.
* Social Economics and Evolutionary Institutionalism Today. Theoretical
Components and "Heterodox" Convergence in a Socio-Economic Perspective,
FSE-Forum for Social Economics, 44, 2015 (forthcoming);