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Yoram Bauman

The Stand Up Economist

Read about Yoram Bauman in Time Magazine

The current economic climate could sure use some well-chosen levity.

Enter, the Stand Up Economist.

Yoram Bauman, "the world's first and only stand-up economist," performs regularly at colleges, companies, and comedy clubs. He has appeared in TIME Magazine, on PBS and NPR, and on YouTube, where his videos have over a million hits.

 Yoram is the co-author of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, which is now available in Chinese, German, Italian, etc. Speaking of foreign languages, he is also the organizer of the humor session at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.

He has written or co-authored three books (Tax Shift, Quantum Microeconomics, and Quantum Microeconomics with Calculus) as well as articles that have appeared in newspapers (Seattle Times and Seattle P-I), peer-reviewed academic journals (Economic Inquiry, Ecological Economics), and even one "beer-reviewed" academic journal (Annals of Improbable Research).

Yoram lives in Seattle, where he founded Non-Profit Comedy, a series of benefit shows that has raised almost $100,000 for local non-profits. He has a BA in mathematics from Reed College, a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, and spends his non-comedy hours teaching in the UW environmental studies program, researching the economics of climate change, and campaigning for environmental tax reform. In 2011 he spent 5 months in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the University of International Business and Economics.

Yoram’s goals in life are to spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to implement carbon pricing.

"An economist who teaches at the University of Washington and performs stand-up comedy" (NY Times)

His academic credentials include a BA in mathematics from Reed College, a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, and teaching positions at the University of Washington and Whitman College. He lives in Seattle, where he appears regularly at the Comedy Underground and runs a political comedy benefit show called Non-Profit Comedy.

Scientific conventions

Yoram Bauman has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, where his focus was on the use of economic instruments to protect the environment. In addition to consulting and government work and various teaching assignments (most recently in the UW Program on the Environment), he also produces and performs in Non-Profit Comedy, a stand-up comedy show that benefits Seattle-area non-profits. He is the co-author (with Alan Thein Durning) of Tax Shift, and the author of an online economics textbook called Quantum Microeconomics.

Yoram Bauman is also Specialized Co-Editor for Miscellany of Economic Inquiry.  

Recent engagements include:

  • GMAC Financial Services
  • Office of the State Treasurer
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Victoria and Seattle
  • American Economic Association a
  • Yale Economics Department winter party
  • Chartered Financial Analysts
  • UIBE (Beijing)
  • Harvard, Gonzaga, Whitman, USF Universities, among many others
  • Gulf Coast Economics Teaching Conference
  • Game Theory World Congress
  • Economic Opportunity Institute

Media appearances include the New York Times, Seattle Metropolitan magazine, a front-page piece in the Arts section of the Seattle P-I.

Business events and Programs:

Organizations have the option to have Yoram perform a full stand up program focusing on what's funny about economics….he can also add more serious elements about, for example, global warming and the economic impacts of these trends.

Video sampling:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVp8UGjECt4  –This is his most popular content…as it’s a distinctive combination of comedy coupled with economic principles.

Yoram on Jim Lehrer News Hour, 1-14-09—his segment starts at 5:48 minutes

 Travels from: Seattle, WA