Monday, May 20, 2013

The Economics of Ice and Fire

Any CPAs out there who are also fans of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" will want to read a recent series from Slate financial reporter Matt Yglesias. In a pair of blog posts, he posits that due to its natural resources, House Tyrell is, in fact, richer than House Lannister, the generally accepted richest house in Westeros.

* Now that I've started the name-dropping, I'll go ahead and get this out of the way to encapsulate what a lot of our readers must be thinking:

Yglesias also makes the point that much of a good bit of House Lannister's wealth comes in the form of debts incurred by the Iron Throne. The point is that House Tyrell is much more liquid than House Lannister, although the Joffrey-Margaery wedding may render that point moot.

What do you think? Should Tyrion, the master of coin in King's Landing, be worried about his family's financial stability? Let's keep things spoiler-free, people.

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