The Economics of The Office

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Conflict Resolution Part 1

In this clip, Michael attempts to resolve a conflict between Oscar and Angela. One application of this clip is to reiterate the idea that voluntary trade results in a "win win" situation. This clip also can be used when showing outcomes on an aggregate supply/aggregate demand framework. When we have a major increase in aggregate supply (something like the IT revolution in the 1990's) it results in lower levels of inflation and unemployment or a "win win" outcome. (maybe even win, win, win!)

Season 2 Episode 21 "Conflict Resolution"

Inflation (E31) Unemployment (J60) Trade (F10) Macroeconomic Models (E10)

Michael Pam Oscar Angela Toby

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Garage Sale

The office holds a garage sale to get rid of things they no longer need. Meanwhile, Dwight starts with a thumbtack and trades his way up to a telescope. However, he soon parts with the telescope when Jim offers him something of seemingly even more value. This is a great example of how consumer preferences differ and how trade can make two parties better off. It also illustrates how effective marketing can shift an individual's demand curve to the right.

Season 7 Episode 19 "Garage Sale"

Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles (D01) Trade (F10)

Michael Pam Ryan Kelly Dwight Jim Kevin

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