I’m delighted to say that Profs. Glen Whitman and Jim Dow (Cal State Northridge, economics) will be guest-blogging this coming week about the new book that they co-edited, “Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science” (paragraph breaks added) :

Whether preparing us for economic recovery after the zombie apocalypse, analyzing vampire investment strategies, or illuminating the market forces that affect vampire-human romances, “Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science” gives both seasoned economists and layman readers something to sink their teeth into.

Undead characters have terrified popular audiences for centuries, but when analyzed closely, their behaviors and stories — however farfetched — mirror our own in surprising ways. The essays collected in this book are as humorous as they are thoughtful, as culturally relevant as they are economically sound, and provide an accessible link between a popular culture phenomenon and the key concepts necessary to building one’s understanding of economic systems big and small.

It is the first book to apply and combine economics and our society’s fascination with the undead, and is an invaluable resource for those looking to learn economic fundamentals in a fun and innovative way.

I much enjoyed the book, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy Glen’s and Jim’s posts!