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Tiger Woods Kicked Out of Principles of Economics

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The newest version of the widely used Principles of Economics textbook will run without a Tiger Woods reference: “Previous editions of the textbook used an example entitled, ‘Should Tiger Woods Mow His Own Lawn?’ The sixth edition of the book replaced the previous example with one featuring quarterback Tom Brady…”  “From my perspective, this was a relatively small change,” explains Greg Mankiw, the textbook’s author.  “Why did I make it? I wanted students to focus on the economics of comparative advantage—the main point of this section of the book. I was afraid that keeping Tiger Woods in the hypothetical example would have raised thoughts of an altogether different set of issues.” (HT: Collin Campbell)