The Shawshank Redemption

Media Type: Film Clips Topic: Supply & Demand

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Shawshank is one of my favorite films.  In this scene, a single economic transaction, the purchase of a rock hammer, leads to Andy's escape 18 years later.

This clip is a nice illustration of how the black market works. Since Andy's demand is inelastic he pays a premium to get the small rock pick used in rock collecting.  At the same time, getting caught with a rock pick is risky business, so the agreed to price is much higher than would be paid if the purchase was made outside of jail. Best to use when discussed with elasticity, supply and demand and the risk premium associated with many activities.

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