Cast Away

Media Type: Film Clips Topic: Economic Crisis, International Trade & Finance

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Tom Hanks plays a Fed Ex employee who is stranded on a deserted island for four years. In this scene we see him learning to make fire. There is no one there to help him so he has to find out the best way accomplish this task by himself. Effectively, he is forced to live a life without specialization. The irony is that before he became stranded he helped deliver important packages around the globe so that people could specialize using their comparative advantage. This scene is poignant reminder of how difficult life would be if we had to do everything for ourselves and a reminder that modern economies depend upon comparative advantage to create growth.

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