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Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting (MIT Press) Hardcover – 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)
I'm sure parents will recognize many of the parenting dilemmas Joshua Gans has come across. Each of these vignettes is amusing, often touching, and always told in a very tender way. Yet the economist in Joshua can re-frame these stories to find the underlying economics, and perhaps some useful parenting insights as well.(Justin Wolfers, Freaknomics Blog The New York Times)
Parentonomics brings a thought-provoking and sometimes laugh-out-loud perspective to the challenges faced by every mother and father.(Sherrill Nixon Sydney Morning Herald)
Parentonomics challenges conventional parenting by applying economic theories to the messy reality of raising kids.(Susie O'Brien Victoria Herald Sun)
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
Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Artistic Director of Mahak International Artists, Inc.,has written, produced, directed, designed, and/or acted in over 40 stage and screen productionsin the U.S., Europe, and his native Iran. His literary credits include fiveplays, two books of poetry, several translations from and into Persian, and numerousarticles and interviews both in English and Persian. Dr. Hakak has taught at such universitiesas Towson, CUNY, SMU here in the U.S., as well as universities in Belgiumand Iran. At present he serves as Associate Professor and Producer of the Theatre Seriesat Siena College, New York.
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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.
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.