The NBC workplace comedy “The Office” is being used as a teaching tool.
Kansas State University director of economic undergraduate studies Dan Kuester says fictional manager Michael Scott and employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. provide numerous examples of economics principles. Kuester worked with two other people to create a website called “The Economics of The Office” containing 35 clips from the show.
While it may be useful in some high schools, its primary use is in entry-level college economics classes.
To illustrate supply and demand, teachers can play a short clip of office oddball Dwight buying the remaining inventory of a popular Christmas toy, Princess Unicorn dolls. Dwight then sells the dolls at a profit.
But more often than not the characters provide examples of what not to do.