Dear Undercover Economist

Dear Undercover Economist

Priceless Advice on Money, Work, Sex, Kids, and Life's Other Challenges

Book - 2009
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A fantastic collection of witty, insightful, and often outrageous Financial Times columns that answer readers' personal dilemmas using the latest economic theory.

Tim Harford employs his idiosyncratic style to explain economic principles so that anyone can understand them -- and reveals how they apply to (and can solve) issues in everyday life. Does money buy happiness? Is "the one" really out there? Can cities be greener than farms? When's the best time to settle down? Can you really "dress for success"? How can I stop my girlfriend from eating my dessert? Harford provides brilliant, hilarious, and weirdly wise answers to these and other questions. Arranged by topic, easy to read, and hard to put down, Dear Undercover Economist is a provocative, compassionate, and indispensable perspective on anything that may irk or ail you -- a book well worth the investment.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, c2009.
ISBN: 9780385667432
Characteristics: xii, 226 p. ;,21 cm.


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Feb 23, 2010

The economics professor as agony aunt.

If you thought economics was "a branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management" you read the wrong text books and studied the wrong subject.

The modern definition of economics is "... the science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between ends and scarce means which have alternative uses". This covers a wide range of interesting human behaviour, ranging from dating and sex, to drug dealing and crime. This book uses the latter definition to answer reader's letters about the problems of everyday life.

The book needs a little more explanation and a few more references for the non-economist.

I would suggest "The Armchair Economist" as a good introductory book to this fascinating area.

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