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The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
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Author: Harford, Tim

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Tan

Edition: Illustrated

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Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 255

Release Date: 10-02-2009

Details: Product Description Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions–and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist. But award-winning journalist Tim Harford likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned book, he argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places. Review “Highly readable, funny and daringly contentious . . . a whopping good time.” –San Francisco Chronicle “[Tim] Harford sets off on an enormously entertaining yarn backed by the findings of expert economists. He spins playfully, but smartly, across matters of sex, crime, gambling, addiction, marriage, racism, ghettos and politics, and he makes it all, well, titillating at times. Really.” –USA Today “Harford has a knack for explaining economic principles and problems in plain language and, even better, for making them fun.” –The New York Times “[Harford] is an amiable guide for the non-specialist reader . . . but his command of the subject is such that even a well-schooled economist will discover much that is new.” –The Economist “Highly engaging . . . entertaining and provocative.” –Publishers Weekly “A fascinating work with many ‘aha’ moments.” –Booklist “Smart, charming, penetrating, and wise.” –Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics“Chock-full of numbers and money talk, but oddly entertaining.” –Kirkus Reviews “Charming and informative.” –Newsday “Like Harford’s earlier book, The Undercover Economist–if you haven’t got it, get it–this book uses the basic theory of rational choice to make transparent the logic behind common but important puzzling phenomena. Even a trained economist can enjoy discovering what he didn’t realize he already knew. I did.” –Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics “This witty, intelligent book will help you see the entire world in a new light.” –Tyler Cowen, author of Discover Your Inner Economist About the Author Tim Harford is the author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life and a member of the editorial board of the Financial Times, where he also writes the “Dear Economist” column. He is a regular contributor to Slate, Forbes, and NPR’s Marketplace. He was the host of the BBC TV series Trust Me, I’m an Economist and now presents the BBC series More or Less. Harford has been an economist at the World Bank and an economics tutor at Oxford University. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter One   Introducing the Logic of Life   The Economics of Sex, Crime, and Minnie Mouse   Harpo Studios, Chicago   Parents, brace yourselves." With those words, Oprah Winfrey introduced America to the shocking news of the teenage oral sex craze. In The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan wrote, "The moms in my set are convinced-they're certain; they know for a fact-that all over the city, in the very best schools, in the nicest families, in the leafiest neighborhoods, twelve- and thirteen-year-old girls are performing oral sex on as many boys as they can." Flanagan poked a bit of fun, but she wasn't really laughing: She was convinced that the fears were largely justified. Indeed, the American "blow job epidemic" has now been addressed everywhere from PBS documentaries to the editorial page of The New York Times, sometimes with giddy and slightly voyeuristic horror, sometimes with calm reassurance that the epidemic is simply a myth.   The so-called epidemic is often exaggerated, but it's no myth. On

EAN: 9780812977875

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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