The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World

Doubleday Canada, Limited, ene. 15, 2008 - 272 páginas
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In The Logic of Life, bestselling author Tim Harford quite simply makes sense of this world.
Life often seems to defy logic. The receptionist is clearly smarter than the boss who earns fifty times her salary. Arbitrary lines starkly divide the desirable districts of the city from the dangerous ones. Voters flock to the polling booths to elect candidates who'll rip them off to favour special interests. None of it makes logical sense -- or does it?
Economist and acclaimed author Tim Harford thinks it does. By weaving stories from locations as diverse as a Vegas casino to a barroom speed date, Harford aims to persuade you that people are, in fact, surprisingly logical.
When a street prostitute agrees to unprotected sex, or a teenage criminal embarks on a burglary -- perhaps especially when a racist employer disregards a black job applicant -- we would seem to be a million miles from rational behaviour. Harford shows that, discomfitingly, we are not. It turns out that the unlikeliest of people are complying with the logic of economics and responding to future costs and benefits, often without realizing it; and socially tragic outcomes can have their roots in individually rational decisions.
Brilliantly reasoned, always entertaining and often provocative, The Logic of Life is a book to help you understand yourself and the world around you.

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Very enoyable, easy to read. - LibraryThing
It is an accessible introduction to economics. - LibraryThing
This book is a very good overview of economics. - LibraryThing
great introduction, or interest sparker. - LibraryThing

Review: The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World

Reseña de usuario  - Supriya Sen - Goodreads

Lovely book. Not afraid to tackle difficult questions or of being politically incorrect. Uses standard economics theory to explain things to a popular audience in an easily understandable way, and ... Leer reseña completa

Review: The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World

Reseña de usuario  - Carly - Goodreads

**edited 01/18/14 Tim Harford, you're breaking my heart, and more importantly, you're undermining my faith in quantitative economics. I am a passionate fan of your BBC radio show, "More or Less." What ... Leer reseña completa

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Sobre el autor (2008)

TIM HARFORD is the Undercover Economist and Dear Economist columnist for the "Financial Times". His writing has also appeared in "Esquire, Forbes, New York, Wired, The Washington Post, " and "The New York Times". His previous books include "The Undercover Economist" and "The Logic of Life".

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