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Public Choice at the Little Bighorn

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  • James E. McClure


    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

  • T. Norman Van Cott


    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

History professors have long portrayed Custer’s stand at the Little Bighorn River in terms of the managerial quirks and personality flaws of the central characters. The discussion in Evan Connell’s (1984) book, Son of the Morning Star, illuminates the Last Stand in terms of economic incentives. In this paper we argue that Custer’s legendary Last Stand offers economics instructors with an extraordinary opportunity to pique students’ interest in the public choice paradigm.

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Paper provided by Ball State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 199301.

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Length: 3 pages
Date of creation: Jan 1993
Date of revision: Jan 1994
Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Education 25 no. 2 (1995): 135-36.
Handle: RePEc:bsu:wpaper:199301
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