Buy or Bite?

I might be a few days late for Halloween, but I finally got the chance to listen to the latest Freakonomics podcast: What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics? (For new readers to this blog, I am a huge fan of applying economic principles to unconventional topics.)

The podcast interviews Glen Whitman, an economist and editor of Economics of the Undead. The book is filled with 23 short essays exploring different issues affecting vampires and the undead, from planning for a very long retirement to post-apocalyptic survival. One essay discussed, “Buy or Bite”, presents that the violence of vampires is caused by a legal failure of not having a market for blood and making it easily available for purchase.

As a newcomer to the Buffy/Angel fandom, this book seems like a fun read that I will be picking up.

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  • One essay discussed, “Buy or Bite”, presents that the violence of vampires is caused by a legal failure of not having a market for blood and making it easily available for purchase.

    I LOLed.

    I’m a few episodes back, but I may have to skip ahead and listen to this one next!

 

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