The Economics of Ghostbusters

How do the men of Ghostbusters represent entrepreneurship, the market economy, and government oversight? This video provides unique insight into the risks of startup companies, as well as the foundational features of a market economy, all from within the framework of a 1980s classic film.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Host follow-up conversations/lessons to explore the economic concepts presented (i.e. government regulation, the Environmental Protection Agency, industry, subjective value, negative externalities, etc.) in further detail
Classroom Considerations

  • There are brief points in which the content may be deemed appropriate for older viewers; please review to determine how this may apply to your class

  • Clear connections drawn between economic concepts and the film
  • Engaging and informative

  • None
Common Core