Fear the Boom and Bust

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"Fear the Boom and Bust"
Music video by Billy Scafuri, Adam Lustick
PublishedJanuary 23, 2010
ReleasedJanuary 23, 2010 (2010-01-23)
GenreEducational hip hop
Composer(s)Richard Royston Jacobs
Lyricist(s)John Papola and Russ Roberts
Producer(s)John Papola

Fear the Boom and Bust is a 2010 hip hop music video in which 20th century economists John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich von Hayek (played by Billy Scafuri and Adam Lustick, respectively) take part in a rap battle discussing economics, specifically, the boom and bust business cycle, for which the video is named. The video has more than six million views on YouTube.


John Maynard Keynes
Friedrich von Hayek

The video was created by former Spike TV creative director and co-founder of the production company Emergent Order, John Papola, and economist Russ Roberts[1] of the George Mason University Mercatus Center.[2] Billy Scafuri and Adam Lustick, who are comedians with the Harvard Sailing Team[3] and Upright Citizens Brigade,[4] play Keynes and Hayek respectively.


In April 2011, a follow-up music video called Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two was released. This video examines the two economists' responses to the Great Recession. The central question in the video is whether a successful economy results from a "more bottom up" (i.e. totally free market) or "more top down" (i.e. Economic interventionism) approach.

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  1. ^ Kenney, Caitlin (January 25, 2010). "Watch: 'Fear The Boom And Bust'". NPR Planet Money. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "'Fear the Boom and Bust' a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem". Mercatus Center. January 27, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  3. ^ "Billy and Adam". Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Perman, Cindy (February 12, 2010). "'Fear the Boom and Bust': A Rap Anthem for the Economy". There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The Lighter Side of The Economic Crises. CNBC.com. Retrieved December 29, 2012.

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