"A delightful read that shows how being a parent changed one economist, and how being an economist provided insight on being a parent. Now if only I could get my two-year-old to eat her peas." Susan Athey, Harvard University, winner of 2007 John Bates Clark Medal
"Dr. Spock meets Freakonomics. Parenting will never be the same. Forget about inflation and unemployment. Here Gans uses economics and game theory to tackle really important topics, such as toilet training and fussy eaters. Parentonomics lays bare what most sleep-deprived parents only dream about. Gans may not help you become a better parent, but he will help you to stay one step ahead of your kids." Barry Nalebuff , Milton Steinbach Professor at Yale School of Management, coauthor of Co-Opetition
And if you read this book, you'll find that the answer is just as you thought: not very much.
The book didn't teach much about economics, and the descriptions of parenting will I think seem pretty commonplace to anyone who has kids.
I am not saying that this is not possible, but the author completely neglects how the economics works in each case.
I was too bored to finish the book. I think you really need to have kids of your own in order to appreciate this book. The author uses a lot of anecdotes from his personal life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SurferDave
I just finished this book and have to say it was really entertaining. I was expecting some kind of statistics driven guide to determining what to and not to do as a parent,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Glazier
I have a B.A. in Economics and I am a parent of two, so I had high expectations for this book. It was OK and had some funny moments, but it fell flat of what I had expected it to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gadget Girl
it's a great read for any parent into economics and who is interested in a few tales about childrens' motivations. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Clinton Fore
It is a book for the general reader on parenting. It is more or less a book about the author's family, with some economic theory in between the stories. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Constantine
Parentonomics gives you a very round view of things to consider with children. Breaking parenting down into small chunks like, planning, delivering, sleeping, eating and so on was... Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by JSimens
I doubt any economist by training would consider this the defining treatise on parental microeconomics. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Al
First off, in the interest of full disclosure, I did not finish this book. That says a lot right there - I usually will slog through a book whether or not I don't like it. Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Befragt
My wife and I are both Financial Analysts, with one of us an Accounting and the other an Economist. I bought the Kindle version and read it every chance I had - I don't think any... Read morePublished on August 14, 2009 by M. Vanderbilt