The Economics of The Office

Learning economics from the world's best boss

Pyramid Scheme

Michael tries to convince the office to sell calling cards until he realizes it is a pyramid scheme. Occasionally, students will be offered "internships" that are thinly disguised ponzi schemes. This clip can be used as a lead in to talk about "mufti level marketing schemes" where the product being offered is not very valuable.

Season 2 Episode 19 "Michael's Birthday" Caution!

Consumer Protection (D18) Corporate Finance and Governance (G30)

Michael Ryan Jim Oscar Toby

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Michael hires his nephew, Luke, to work at the office and is forced to defend his decision to the rest of the employees.

Season 2 Episode 19 "Nepotism" Caution!

Labor Demand (J23) Labor Discrimination (J71)

Michael Creed Dwight Jim Oscar Toby Erin

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