Pick the Winners of the Haiku Contest

We recently asked readers for economic haikus. As always when there are prizes at stake, you responded enthusiastically, with more than 300 separate entries.

It wasn’t easy, but with the help of the team here at the Becker Center, I’ve narrowed it down to the following six finalists. There are dozens more that deserve mention.

The entry that receives the most votes in the comments section as of 11:00 a.m. (E.D.T.) on Tuesday, September 2, wins a piece of Freakonomics schwag.

No. 1, posted by Tim:

Demand curve slopes down

Because the more cake I eat,

The less cake I want.

No. 2, posted by Calum:

A friend and I, jailed;

We agreed to stay silent

(But I still confessed).

No. 3, posted by LiaStarLight:

No matter how hard

I shake my money maker,

It is not enough.

No. 4, posted by Nate C.:

Sales of ice cream seem

To correlate with crime rate?

Simply summer heat.

No. 5, posted by Sean:

Can we work it out

If there aren’t transaction costs?

But of Coase we can.

No. 6, posted by Sophie:

Haiku writers know

The opportunity cost

Of a syllable.


ed

number 6!

Kriti

#2 easily !

Judy

Definitely #6. Love the line "The opportunity cost" - so relevant to this column

Kristen

#6- Go Soph!!!!

Paul

# 6

So nicely written.

Tulika

They're all pretty amazing but I vote for

#5!

Polina

I vote #2!

barbara

#6

Heather

Gotta go with #6!

Carl

#6

susan

number 6: It's focus is the poetry form

Mike

#5!!

wgwag

#6 is the best written, but #4 is the only true haiku, in that it references the seasons.

Ruby

#6 is the best.

Roxie

#6!!

JimmyC

#2

Allery

Definitely #3....shaking that moneymaker!!!!

xoxo!

Swaran Singh

#6

Beth

#6 is by far the best. It flows so well.

MW

#6!