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Michele Moody-Adams and Bob Frank, discussing The Great Gatsby (courtesy of CyberTower forums)

Quicktime video stream provided courtesy of Cornell CyberTower.
Join Michele Moody-Adams, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, as she interviews Robert H. Frank, H.J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at the Johnson Graduate School of Management about his thoughts on the novel.

Why, you may wonder, is an economist speaking about literature?

Prof. Frank's research focus is on luxury consumption, and his comments help explain the motivation of the characters. Does material success have a connection to personal happiness? Does wealth change your personal relationships? Does money affect your moral compass? Prof. Frank and Vice Provost Moody-Adams discuss what research shows as answers to these questions.

They end by providing an answer to an age-old question "Can money buy you happiness?" Using The Great Gatsby as an example, see if you agree with them.

The interview is also available as an audio podcast.

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