From ABBA to Led Zeppelin: using music to teach economics

This weblog offers a variety of song lyrics that instructors of economics may find useful in teaching economics. Each post includes a selection from the song’s lyrics and a brief assignment for students. This site has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Education.

Here’s an example using Donna Summers’ “She Works Hard For Her Money”

This classic Donna Summer song is about a waitress she met at a local restaurant who was working two jobs. Donna could see “she works hard for the money.” Many economists are somewhat puzzled by tipping behavior. The tip is given after the meal – when it has no impact on the service rendered. Yet most people tip in spite of that fact. Explain why consumer’s tip and under what circumstances you’d expect tips to be less and more generous.