Can You Outsmart an Economist?: 100+ Puzzles to Train Your Brain

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 25, 2018 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
"Will delight and inform anyone who enjoys rigorous thinking and the unexpected conclusions it delivers." -- Jamie Whyte, author of Crimes Against Logic

"This ingenious gallop through the mind of Steven Landsburg enables you to think like an economist without incurring a Keynesian headache or a huge student loan. You may even end up 'smarter than Google.' But you will not readily put down this exhilarating adventure in ideas." -- George Gilder, author of Knowledge and Power and Life After Google

Can you outsmart an economist? Steven Landsburg, acclaimed author and professor of economics, dares you to try. In this whip-smart, entertaining, and entirely unconventional economics primer, he brings together over one hundred puzzles and brain teasers that illustrate the subject's key concepts and pitfalls. From warm-up exercises to get your brain working, to logic and probability problems, to puzzles covering more complex topics like inferences, strategy, and irrationality, Can You Outsmart an Economist? will show you how to do just that by expanding the way you think about decision making and problem solving. Let the games begin!

"Entertaining as well as edifying. Read it, expand your mind, and have fun!"-- N. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University
 

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Contents

1 WarmUps
1
2 Inferences
19
3 Predictions
45
4 Explanations
69
5 Strategy
93
6 How Irrational Are You?
119
7 Law School Admissions Test
143
8 Are You Smarter Than Google?
157
11 Now Are You Smarter Than Google?
199
12 How to Make Decisions
207
13 Matters of Life and Death
225
14 The Coin Flippers Dilemma
237
15 Albert and the Dinosaurs
249
16 Money Trade and Finance
259
Back Matter
275
Back Cover
289

9 Backward Reasoning
173
10 Knowledge
185
Spine
290
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Steven E. Landsburg is a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. He is the author of More Sex Is Safer Sex, The Big Questions, and the hugely popular The Armchair Economist, among others. He has written for Forbes, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He lives in Pittsford, NY.

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