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Armchair Economist Economics and Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0029177766

ISBN-13: 9780029177761

Edition: 1995

Authors: Steven E. Landsburg, Steven Landsburg

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Witty economists are about as easy to find as anorexic mezzo-sopranos, natty mujahedeen, and cheerful Philadelphians. But Steven E. Landsburg...is one economist who fits the bill. In a wide-ranging, easily digested, unbelievably contrarian survey of everything from why popcorn at movie houses costs so much to why recycling may actually reduce the number of trees on the planet, the University of Rochester professor valiantly turns the discussion of vexing economic questions into an activity that ordinary people might enjoy. -- Joe Queenan, The Wall Street Journal The Armchair Economistis a wonderful little book, written by someone for whom English is a first (and beloved) language, and it contains not a single graph or equation...Landsburg presents fascinating concepts in a form easily accessible to noneconomists. -- Erik M. Jensen, The Cleveland Plain Dealer ...enormous fun from its opening page...Landsburg has done something extraordinary: He has expounded basic economic principles with wit and verve. -- Dan Seligman, Fortune
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 3/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Steven E. Landsburg teaches economics at the University of Rochester. He is the author of six books, including The Armchair Economist (Free Press/Macmillan 1993). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Economic Theory, and many other mathematics, economics and philosophy journals. He writes the monthly "Everyday Economics" column in Slate magazine, and has written for Forbes, 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 radio and television appearances. He has served on the board of directors of Hutchinson Technology, the world's largest maker of suspension assemblies for hard disk drives. For more information about Professor Landsburg visit http://www.landsburg.com/about2.html.

Introduction
What Life is All About
The Power of Incentives: How Seat Belts Kill
Rational Riddles: Why the Rolling Stones 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
Sound and Fury: Spurious Wisdom from the Op-Ed Pages
How Statistics 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 Costs 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
Ideas of Interest: Armchair Forecasting
Random Walks and Stock Market Prices: A Primer for Investors
The Iowa Car Crop
The Pitfalls of Science
Was Einstein Credible? The Economics of 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