Economic Lessons from the Musical Hamilton

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The musical Hamilton is the most popular musical in recent history and might be the best single album one could use to teach economic concepts. We explore how the songs in Hamilton can be used to teach about opportunity cost, trade-offs, time preferences and time-inconsistent preferences, the Federal Reserve System and central banking, economic freedom, and more. We also provide discussion questions that educators could use to teach concepts presented in Hamilton.

Matthew C. Rousu and Courtney A. Conrad


Rousu, M., & Conrad, C. (2017). Economic Lessons from the Musical Hamilton. Journal of Economics Teaching, 2(1), 30-50. DOI: 10.58311/jeconteach/5ad3a4399bbe849ec7d857d9b2715603ad12dc1d