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Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 30, 2009
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"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
About the Author
Joshua Gans is the father of three and Chair of Management at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. He is the author of several economics textbooks and the 2007 recipient of Australia's Young Economist award.
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One final comment is that it didn't go too heavy in the economics and kept it at a high level which was sufficient for drawing parallels with the crazy situations that parents face.
The only chapter that I thought needed more 'meat' was the travel chapter. Having raised two children overseas and making long distance trips from places like Perth, Australia to Middle America, I realized that I might have more experience on this chapter so it seemed to not offer much value. But the other chapters did offer things to think about and interesting ways to look at typical parenting money issues.