To David Friedman (son of Milton Friedman), economics explains everything. In a way, that's an odd thing for him to say: Friedman Jr. has never taken an economics course in his life (by training he's a physicist). Yet he defines economics broadly and uses it as a tool to understand all aspects of human behavior, from selecting a mate to picking a grocery store line to switching lanes in rush-hour traffic jams. If you like the economics-for-everyman approach of such writers as Steven E. Landsburg, then Friedman is for you. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Friedman puts the passion back into economics with this unconventional, demanding primer. A professor at Santa Clara University (and son of Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman), he insists that economics is not primarily about money, but rather about needs, wants, choices, values?an imperfect science predicated on the assumption that people tend to rationally choose the best way to achieve their objectives. Using scores of everyday examples to steer the reader through complex concepts, he discusses consumer preferences, street crime, lotteries, plea bargains in trials, sharecropping, financial speculation, political campaign spending and much else. He demystifies international trade (e.g., there's nothing inherently bad about a trade deficit) and deconstructs the economy as an interacting system all of whose elements are interdependent. A rewarding text for serious readers. Translation and U.K. rights: Writer's Representatives.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
explains more about the world than any books outside the bible, the works of Shakespeare or the brothers KaramazovPublished 12 months ago by Critical Reader
Explains a lot of economic principles in a generally easy to read way with real life examples. For those who've never studied economics this is a good introduction which is... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Another avid reader
I'm impressed with the condition of the book. I expected it to be a bit rough looking but it turned out looking almost brand new.Published 18 months ago by Alexia
A really interesting read explaining economic topics with examples without dumbing it down. I appreciated the inclusion of graphs and the accompanying explanationsPublished 19 months ago by deborah mann
Opens your eyes to so many topics and subjects involving, money finance and economics in general that most people would otherwise be clueless about. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ender
This book would probably teach you as many concepts as your humdrum Intro to Mircoeconomics book could. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Maci
This is a decent book but it's problem is that it is not intended towards a particular audience. Readers familiar with economics will find the theoretical parts of the book to be... Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by Justin
Economics, actual microeconomics, is so accessible in this text.
Friedman takes special care to keep the book humorous, but it functions as a primer on microeconomics... Read more