publication . Article . Preprint . 1993

Public Choice at the Little Bighorn

James E. McClure; T. Norman van Cott;
  • Published: 01 Jan 1993 Journal: The Journal of Economic Education, volume 25, pages 135-136 (issn: 0022-0485, eissn: 2152-4068, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
History professors have long portrayed Custer’s stand at the Little Bighorn River in terms of the managerial quirks and personality flaws of the central characters. The discussion in Evan Connell’s (1984) book, Son of the Morning Star, illuminates the Last Stand in terms of economic incentives. In this paper we argue that Custer’s legendary Last Stand offers economics instructors with an extraordinary opportunity to pique students’ interest in the public choice paradigm.
free text keywords: Custer’s Last Stand, Public Choice Analysis, Economic Incentives, Economics and Econometrics, Education, Teaching method, Economics, Secondary education, Economics education, Personality, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Incentive, Social science, Phosphorus (morning star), Public choice, Higher education, business.industry, business
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