From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bottom line: this increasing conspicuous spending does more harm than good.
In short, my Professor in undergraduate microeconomics was spot on when he recommended this book as the book "every economists should read".
Unfortunately he does not provide very much in the way of empirical evidence to support this specifically.
How many more words must I write to be polite? Seriously, if one is satisfied
stop with the word requirements!
The argument the author makes, in a nutshell, is that there has been more and more spending related to conspicuous consumption since the end of World War II and this has led to a... Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by Yoda
8 Years after its release, this book has only become more relevant. Its argument can be stated in a single sentence: Our soaring expenditures on luxury articles are the result of a... Read morePublished on December 9, 2007 by JJ vd Weele
Mostly, I enjoyed the book; however, it doesn't explain how money is available for meat inspections, pot hole repair, health care for the poor etc. Read morePublished on July 20, 2006 by Kathy Edens
Certainly interesting and worthwhile, but if you want to read much of the same themes, with a broader biological perspective and without the preachiness and impractical political... Read morePublished on May 10, 2006 by J. Israel
An expansive view of 20th century literature in American economic thought finds two similar bookends. Read morePublished on January 24, 2006 by Newton Ooi
I really did enjoy reading this book on a number of levels. I think Frank does a wonderful job of mixing research from a number of academic fields including economics, psychology,... Read morePublished on November 8, 2005 by DLJ
This purported economist cherry picks his stats (a common historical comparison of his hodgepodge of stats would provide greater credence) in order to substantiate his position... Read morePublished on April 28, 2005 by Cal Bear
This book provides some great ideas for policy proposals to counter current conservative trickle-down policy trends. Read morePublished on January 25, 2005 by J. Andreas