The Armchair Economist (revised and updated May 2012): Economics & Everyday Life
Revised and updated May 2012.
In this revised and updated edition of Steven Landsburg’s hugely popular book, he applies economic theory to today’s most pressing concerns, answering a diverse range of daring questions, such as:
Why are seat belts deadly?
Why do celebrity endorsements sell products?
Why are failed executives paid so much?
Who should bear the cost of oil spills?
Do government deficits matter?
How is workplace safety bad for workers?
What’s wrong with the local foods movement?
Which rich people can’t be taxed?
Why is rising unemployment sometimes good?
Why do women pay more at the dry cleaner?
Why is life full of disappointments?
Whether these are nagging questions you’ve always had, or ones you never even thought to ask, this new edition of The Armchair Economist turns the eternal ideas of economic theory into concrete answers that you can use to navigate the challenges of contemporary life.
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Review: Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday LifeUser Review - Allen Martin - Goodreads
I really enjoyed this book, probably because I think like an economist. I found things I agreed with, things I disagreed with, and several that made me go "huh". In all cases, it made me think, which is why it's worth reading. Read full review
Review: Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday LifeUser Review - Goodreads
Some microeconomics 101, but not so insightful and some arguments are not very sound. Read full review