Here are some economic jokes that will brighten up your day at work, or give your boss a good laugh. And if you’re in the economic discipline like myself, it doesn’t hurt to laugh at yourself once a in a while. Since these jokes have been passed around and modified, they might differ from the “original”, but the core is still the same:
1. A chemist, a physicist and an economist are stuck on a deserted island with no food. A can of food floats ashore. The physicist says “let’s smash it open with a rock”. The chemist says “let’s build a fire, and heat it first”. The economist says “let’s assume that we have a can opener…”
2. Economic forecasters assume everything, except for responsibility.
3. A mathematician, an accountant and an economist all apply for the same job. The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks: “What do two plus two equal?” The mathematician replies “Four.” The interviewer asks “Four, exactly?” The mathematician firmly looks at the interviewer and says “Yes, four, exactly.”
It’s the accountant’s turn, the same question is asked: “What do two plus two equal?” The accountant answers “On average, four – deviated around ten percent, but on average, four.”
Then the interviewer calls in the economist, tells him to sit down and asks the same question: “What do two plus two equal?” The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down right next to the interviewer and says “What do you want it to equal?”
4. If you teach a parrot to say “supply and demand”, you have an economist.
5. A chemist, an engineer and an economist are shipwrecked with no food except for a single can of soup. They have no tools, and can’t afford to spill the insides as it is their only means of survival. The chemist sets up evaporating pans to collect caustic salts to etch the can lid through. The engineer piles sand to build a drop, that with precise calculation will be tall enough to crack the can open without spilling the insides. And the economist lays down on the beach, relaxing and laughing at them. After a day’s hot labor with nothing achieved, frustrated, the chemist, bursts out at the economist and says, “Okay, you’re so smart, how would you do it?!?!” The economist picks up the can and stands up straight, shining with confidence he presents the can grandly to the other two, and says, “ASSUME this can is open.”
All jokes aside, economics is a great discipline. Many economists have changed the world with their lifelong contributions, notably Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, John Kenneth Galbraith and many more. If you are interested in reading a book to understand the very basics of economics, I would recommend: Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell. It was well put together and covered much of the essentials for understanding the basics and flow of the economy. I will have a review for it soon. Meanwhile, you can find the book here. Of course, JMO (just my opinion).
We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.