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Hip-Hop Economists

If you do a search for the words “game theory” on , you find books by eminent economists like Roger Myerson, Fudenberg and Tirole, and our recent critic Ariel Rubinstein. But at the top of the list is a new album by the Philadelphia hip-hop band known as “The Roots”.

Do The Roots have a soft spot in their hearts for economics? It seems they do. In the bonus track to the album “Game Theory,” a song entitled “Bread and Butter,” they even mention Freakonomics about halfway through: “I hate to speak about it, but it is all Freakonomics.”

(Thanks to Adrian von Buttlar, writing from Hamburg, for pointing me to the song.)