An Economic Haiku Contest

I was reading a bedtime story to my daughter Sophie when I stumbled upon the following haiku by Jack Prelutsky, told from the perspective of a mouse:


If not for the cat,
And the scarcity of cheese,
I could be content.

Perhaps I am just a sucker for the word scarcity, but there was something in this haiku that really moved me — which is an accomplishment since I have virtually no ability to appreciate art of any kind. (That particular haiku must have moved other people too; in a book of haiku, it was the very first one and gave the book its name.)

Although it was probably not meant to be a haiku about economics, I would classify it as one. So I went in search of other economics haikus. Marginal Revolution blogged last fall about economist Keisuke Hirano‘s econometrics haiku.

The rest I saw were not so good, except for one Dubner wrote back in the early days of our blog.

I was happy to see a haiku book review of Freakonomics.

Overall, though, I was left wanting something more.

Here’s the deal: you have 24 hours to create your own economics haiku and post it in the comments. Then we will select our five favorites and let readers vote on their favorite original haiku (no plagiarism, please). The winner takes home a piece of Freakonomics schwag.


Troy Camplin

TANSTAFL

I wanted lunch free
Money, gratefulness, my life
There's always a price

Adam

No lunches are free
MR should equal MC
Study of choices

Paul

Earth's resources cached
Crinkled colorful coupons
Buy info and coffee

F.

It still took
time
to mold
optimally
imperfect words

Jim in MN

The dismal science
Marginalized workers and
Threw Laffer a curve.

Brandon

Opportunity
costs me much fun in this life.
Sports tickets or wife?

Emily

Heating costs looming
As frost forms on morning grass.
Must buy more sweaters.

Lis

The dollar is weak
houses lost, gas is ghastly.
But check out our corn!

Mike

Econometrics
Will only get you so far
Without common sense

Rachael

Whoops! My second one should be:

Wants are infinite
But resources are finite
So be resourceful

Akash

Productivity's
The opportunity cost
Of writing haikus

The first time's always,
By diminishing returns
Better than the last

Noto

Instead of working,
Spent considerable time
Trying for "free" schwag.

Emily

The dollar abroad
Once so strong and respected
Humbled by euro.

Ben

Equilibrium,
Disequilibrium, then
Equilibrium

fred

the old gods are dead
masters of the universe
eat steak at harry's

Nirmal

We think with our hearts
and feel with our minds
Yet blame the economist

Nicole

Reading self help books
to better manage money.
Must stop buying books.

Don

An Economy of Words

Hypothesizing
Incompatibility
Counter-example

Rachael

Wants infinite
Resources are finite
So be resourceful

ian

Lesson one: The Clash.
Should I stay or should I go?
Opportunity Cost.