The Electric Commentary

Thursday, October 07, 2004

What is it about those yellow properties?

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Monopoly? Tyler Cowen has the answers:

Lizzie Magie wanted to use her game, which she called "The Landlord's Game" as a teaching device for George's ideas. The Landlord's Game and Monopoly are very similar, except all the properties in Magie's game are rented not acquired as in Monopoly and instead of names like "Park Place" and "Marvin Gardens" one finds "Poverty Place", "Easy Street" and "Lord Blueblood's Estate".

Read the whole thing. In fact, Marginal Revolution has been great all week. Just keep scrolling.

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