Armchair Economist Economics and Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 1451651732
ISBN-13: 9781451651737
Edition: Revised 
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Steven E. Landsburg is a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester.nbsp; He is the author of The Armchair Economist, Fair Play, More Sex is Safer Sex, The Big Questions, two textbooks in economics, a forthcoming textbook on general relativity and cosmology, and over 30 journal articles in mathematics, economics and philosophy.nbsp;His current research is in the area of quantum game theory.nbsp;He blogs daily at www.TheBigQuestions.com . For over ten years, he wrote the monthly "Everyday Economics" column in Slate magazine, and has written regularly for Forbes and occasionally for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He appeared as a commentator on the PBS/Turner Broadcasting series "Damn Right", and has made over 200 appearances on radio and television broadcasts over the past few years.nbsp;

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
What Life is all about
The Power of Incentives: How Seat Belts Kill
Rational Riddles: Why U2 Concerts Sell Out
Truth or Consequences: How to Split a Check or Choose a Movie
The Indifference Principle: Who Cares if the Air is Clean?
The Computer Game of Life: Learning What it's All About
Good And Evil
Telling Right from Wrong: The Pitfalls of Democracy
Why Taxes are Bad: The Logic of Efficiency
Why Prices are Good: Smith versus Darwin
Of Medicine and Candy Trains and Sparks: Economics in the Courtroom
How to read the news
Choosing Sides in the Drug War: How the Atlantic Monthly Got it Wrong
The Mythology of Deficits
Unsound and Furious: Spurious Wisdom from the Media
How Statistic! Lie: Unemployment Can Be Good for You
The Policy Vice: Do We Need More Illiterates?
Some Modest Proposals: The End of Bipartisanship
How Markets Work
Why Popcorn Com More at the Movies: And Why the Obvious Answer Is Wrong
Courtship and Collusion: The Mating Game
Cursed Winners and Glum Losers: Why Life Is Full of Disappointments
Random Walks and Stock Market Prices: A Prime) for Investors
Ideas of Interest: Armchair Forecasting
The Iowa Car Crop
The Pitfalls of Science
Was Einstein Credible? The Economics of the Scientific Method
New Improved Football: How Economists Go Wrong
The Pitfalls of Religion
Why I Am Not an Environmentalist: The Science of Economics versus the Religion of Ecology
Appendix: Notes on Sources
Index

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