Stand-up economist multiplies joy through education

Posted on: October 24, 2012

"What is the difference between the mafia and bankers?" Yoram Bauman, the world’s first and only stand-up economist, asked the crowd at College of the Mainland.

"The mafia makes you offers you can't refuse, and bankers make you offers you can't understand."

While cracking jokes and poking fun of macroeconomists, whom he claims have successfully predicted nine out of the last five recessions, Bauman explained economics in understandable terms to the packed audience of students, staff and commmunity members during his performance at College of the Mainland.

Sharing the stage with everyone from Robin Williams to Paul Krugman, Bauman has performed at comedy clubs, colleges and companies. Co-author of Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Bauman earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Reed College in Portland, Ore., and a doctorate in economics from the University of Washington. He spent summer and fall 2011 in Beijing as a visiting research scholar at the Global Institute for Low-Carbon Economy.
His goals in life are to spread joy through economics comedy and to reform economics education.
He appeared at College of the Mainland as this year’s Robert T. Handy Distinguished International Lecturer.

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