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The Undercover Economist Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, Why the Poor Are Poor--And Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! by Tim Harford

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Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Economics (General),
  • Business & Economics,
  • Business / Economics / Finance,
  • Business/Economics,
  • Economics - General,
  • Business & Economics / General,
  • 1990-,
  • Consumer education,
  • Economic History,
  • Economics

Book details:

The Physical Object
FormatPaperback
Number of Pages288
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9488141M
ISBN 100345494016
ISBN 109780345494016

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  --"The Economist" "A book to savor."--"The New York Times" "The Undercover Economist is a book you must pick up if you want a fresh perspective on how basic ideas in economics can help in answering the most complex and perplexing questions about the world around us."--"Business Today " "[Harford] is in every sense consumer-friendly/5(). "The Undercover Economist is a rare specimen: a book on economics that will enthrall its readers. Beautifully written and argued, it brings the power of economics to life. This book should be required reading for every elected official, business leader, and university student." --Steven D. Levitt, author of /5(51). Undercover Economist My weekly column in the Financial Times on Saturdays, explaining the economic ideas around us every day. This column was inspired by my book and began in This book probably gets about stars from me, with a slight rounding up. This book is a collection of advice columns written by the Undercover Economist for the Financial Times over a period of years, essentially attempting to highlight the economist's view of the world (ruthlessly rational, challenging assumptions about social etiquette or common sense) by applying economical reasoning to /5.

  —The Economist "A book to savor." —The New York Times "The Undercover Economist is a book you must pick up if you want a fresh perspective on how basic ideas in economics can help in answering the most complex and perplexing questions about the world around us." —Business Today “[Harford] is in every sense consumer-friendly.4/4(11).   The Undercover Economist is for anyone who's wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why they can't seem to find a decent second-hand car, or how to outwit Starbucks. This book offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford ranges from Africa, Asia, Europe, and of course the United. The Undercover Economist is a rare specimen: a book on economics that will enthrall its readers. Beautifully written and argued, it brings the power of economics to life. This book should be required reading for every elected official, business leader, and university student. Making the dismal science a little less dismal is something the Undercover Economist has accomplished. As a fan of boring books, I found this one a little less boring. The biggest problem is that the recording was completed in Many aspects related to economics changed greatly post-recession of and therefore seem a little less realistic.

Timothy Douglas Harford OBE (born ) is an English economist and journalist who lives in Oxford. He is the author of four economics books and writes his long-running Financial Times column, "The Undercover Economist", syndicated in Slate magazine, which reveals the economic ideas behind everyday column in the Financial Times, "Since you asked", ran between and Alma mater: Brasenose College, Oxford. An economist's version of The Way Things Work, this engaging volume is part field guide to economics and part expose of the economic principles lurking behind daily events, explaining everything from traffic jams to high coffee prices. The Undercover Economist is for anyone who's wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great. getAbstract Summary: Get the key points from this book in less than 10 minutes. In this brief, cogent book, author Tim Harford provides an accessible, entertaining introduction to economic thinking. This skillfully written report belongs on the shelf of anyone with an interest in economic matters - and as the author makes clear, everyone has an.   Other issues covered by The Undercover Economist include immigration, supermarket prices, Disney World's prices, traffic, poverty, sweatshops, globalization, the availability of beer, and China's future. The systems Harford reveals along the way provide valuable economic lessons about many issues that affect most people's daily :