Using Synchronized Lyrics and Music to Teach Economics

G. Dirk Mateer and Andrew Rice
    This paper showcases a series of animated Flash files that were created for use in teaching introductory economics. Each animation includes synchronized lyrics to the song as well as an economic interpretation of the lyrics. Some of the animations also include pop-ups and other visual tricks to enhance the experience. This approach builds on the work of Becker and Watts and others who criticized economics for its reliance on “chalk and talk.” Animated musical Flash files represent a step forward, and they should be thought of as a new item in the economic educator's toolbox. Our hope is that readers will be stimulated to try the approach in their own classes.