From ABBA to Zeppelin, Led: Using Music to Teach Introductory Economics

Joshua C. Hall and Robert A. Lawson
    A quick look around any university campus will reveal students walking to and from class listening to music on headphones. This paper describes a writing assignment designed to harness student interest in music to improve economic understanding and reasoning. In the assignment, students are given the lyrics to a song and asked to respond to a series of questions focusing on the economics contained within the song. Five song examples are given together with several student responses.