> reminder: today is π day! -> 3.14.15 (

[with the curtsey of; credits to: Yoram Bauman (the one and only Stand Up Economist) for the funniest papers in the history of economics]

“more research on this interesting tribe is badly needed”

“how should interest charges on goods in transit be computed when the goods travel at close to the speed of light”

“A little prayer does no good and may make things worse. Much prayer helps a lot”

“There is an ancient joke about the two traveling salesmen in the age of the train. The younger drummer was being initiated into the social life of the traveler by the older. They proceeded to the smoking parlor on the train, where a group of drummers were congregated. One said, “87,” and a wave of laughter went through the group. The older drummer explained to the younger that they traveled together so often that they had numbered their jokes. The younger drummer wished to participate in the event and diffidently ventured to say, “36.” He was greeted by cool silence. The older drummer took him aside and explained that they had already heard that joke. (In another version, the younger drummer was told that he had told the joke badly.)”

“Over the past few centuries, a number of prominent investigators… have suggested that all vampires should be destroyed… [We show that] such a policy would not be socially optimal.“

“I choose the year 2000 as a target date, and compare America as it will be in the year 2000 to the way it would have been then, had Columbus fallen off the edge.”

[“#8,#9,#10: Blah Blah Blah”] 

“This paper was not meant to be humorous. But given how financial innovation has increased economic volatility since the Great Depression, it arguably deserves a place in this list“

[Smith’s webpage used to link to a version of the paper with this note: “The title is also the abstract and, frankly, most of the text.”]

“Abstract: We use tools from experimental economics to address the age-old debate regarding who was a better singer in the band AC/DC “

“Abstract: This is a paper about nothing.”


>> bonus link: How To Use Math To Crush Your Friends At Monopoly (

>> as final note, check out these books for more comprehensive guides:

– The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume 1: Microeconomics

– The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume 2: Macroeconomics

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