A second year economics student has this week announced plans to compare the inflation rate of Venezuela, with that of his own, ginormous ego for his next assignment.
The Whip caught up with undergraduate Michael Hunt for a few words about his work.
“I just wanted to do something individual – something about me. Instead of comparing the Venezuelan inflation rate to another country’s, I realised the most obvious resemblance was to that of my egotistical personality.”
Hunt has not only planned to observe similarities between the two, but to note the contrast between them.
“For example, the hyperinflation of the Venezuelan bolivar was due to the global oil crisis in 2013, whereas the hyperinflation of my ego is due to having grown up around private school teachers who constantly told me I’m better than everyone else.”
However, not everyone is as excited about the forthcoming essay.
Robin D. Banks, Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol, has voiced his concern:
“The irony is, once these students make their way into the overly-lucrative and under-regulated financial sector through means of sheer nepotism, their massive egos will likely increase the level of inflation in this country too.”
Head of Assessment Sarah Murphy noted that Hunt was not in fact the first student to use this point of comparison in their work:
“We are seeing a peculiar trend for students comparing their personal attributes to those of real-world physical entities. Just last week we had a physics student who noted a striking similarity between ‘absolute zero’ and their probability of getting laid within the next ten years.”
The Venezuelan government has declined to comment.