Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The dark side of the JPE

The back page of the latest issue of the Journal of Political Economy (JPE) usually contains descriptions of references to economic ideas from literary sources.

From the back page of the latest issue (April, 2006):

Darth Vader and the Holdup Problem
In The Empire Strikes Back (part of the Star Wars saga), the evil Darth Vader set in motion a plan to lure Luke Skywalker (the hero) into a trap. To do this, Vader made a deal withLando Calrissian to facilitate Han Solo’s (Luke’s friend) capture and torture so that thisplan could be completed. In so doing, Vader agreed to free Solo’s companions, Princess Leia and Chewbacca (the Wookiee). On the basis of this undertaking, Lando betrayed Han and Leia to Vader.

Imperial Officer: Skywalker has just landed, my lord.

Vader: Good. See to it that he finds his way here. Calrissian, take the princess and the Wookiee to my ship.

Lando: You said they’d be left in the city under my supervision.

Vader: I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.

[Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett, Star Wars, Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back (script adaptation from a story by George Lucas), 1981]
I wonder who suggested this to them ;)

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