03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Mad Men's' Economic Lessons: A Havard Professor's Take On AMC's Hit Show

Widely popular television shows, like " Mad Men," must appeal to a broad range of tastes. Some watch AMC's historical drama to enjoy the snazzy fashions of a dressier day. Others enjoy the irony of professional persuaders with pathetic personal lives pushing Popsicles with pictures of domestic perfection.

For me, the appeal of "Mad Men" is its urban economics -- the panorama it provides of an information intensive industry in a dense city.