Fantasy Economics for AS and A2 students! | tutor2u Economics

Are you are a creative literature type who’s stumbled into economics? Here's a way to enliven your interest with novels that illustrate the key theory behind dry concepts such as monetary policy and nationalisation in a way you’re sure to enjoy.

The late great Sir Terry Pratchett was the UK’s best selling author of the 1990’s with his excellent comical fantasy novels set in Discworld.

With a huge series of 41 novels, there are 2 in particular that are excellent lampoons of the dismal science (that’s economics).

"Making Money" features Moist von Lipwig as the new governor of central bank who is tasked with solving a financial crisis in the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork and at the Royal Mint.

His solution? To replace representative money with fiat money and keep a dog called Mr Fusspot alive!

It all sounds ridiculous - and it is. But in a fun and farcical way you'll learn a lot about monetary policy.

Before Moist von Lipwig, was "selected" for the job at central bank, he did a fine job of running the state post office in "Going Postal".

Here he transforms the hugely inefficient (they haven’t delivered a letter in years) state run post office with innovative ideas such as stamps!

All appears to be going well, and the stamps even take off as a medium of exchange. Then the the spectre of competition rises in the shape of the "Grand Trunk Company" that owns and operates a rival system of communication. And that's when the challenge really begins!

Get yourself to the library and pick up a copy - you'll learn a lot about economics and enjoy a rollicking good read!

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