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Planet Money

Economic fact in literary fiction

Nov 18, 2023
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Min Jin Lee, bestselling contemporary novelist, discusses how her background in economics influences her approach to writing and storytelling. The podcast explores how economic decisions in fiction writing reveal desires and motivations, how secret economists merged their passion for money into their novels, and the emotional complexities of a Korean family's immigration in the book 'Pachinko'. It also explores shipping as a manifestation of desires and frustration with financial jargon turned into literary gold. The author discusses the relationship between financial and political power, the use of language as tools of power, and gaining financial literacy.
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Quick takeaways

  • Understanding people's motivations and decisions in fiction writing is rooted in economics, revealing deep insights into their values and priorities.
  • The global shipping network serves as a metaphor for translating desires into real-world economic actions, reflecting behavioral economics on a massive scale.

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Importance of Fiction in Understanding Economics

Fiction author Min Jin Lee discusses how her novels tackle economic themes, highlighting the connection between economics and storytelling. She emphasizes that understanding people's motivations and decisions, which are crucial for fiction writers, is rooted in economics. Lee believes that money plays a central role in our lives and can reveal profound insights into our values and priorities. By examining people's financial choices, she argues that one can gain a deep understanding of who they are and what they care about.

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