Cartoons and economics: general analysis based on colombian economic cartoons

Paul Andres Rodriguez Lesmes, Marta Juanita Villaveces Nino

Research output: Working paper


May cartoons be considered as a viable and credible source for the study of economics? There is hardly any research on the subject, even though there is a quite significant amount of cartoons with economic content. This suggests that economics (and economists) have not paid enough attention and do not incorporate in their analysis a relevant primary source. The present paper aims to explore the value of using cartoons as a complementary primary source in economic analysis. We present a way of analyzing economic history through cartoons; first, reviewing cartoons which describe particular historical circumstances and second, examining cartoons that represent generic economic situations and are not necessarily linked to a historical period. We choose 17 cartoons, from different cartoonist, especially Colombian cartoonists that may give us an idea of economic matters and economic history.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationBogota
PublisherUniversidad del Rosario
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2009


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