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Something for Nothing: A Novel (MIT Press) Hardcover – September 2, 2011
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Michael W. Klein's novel Something for Nothing is a fun romp through the life of a young, aspiring academic as he struggles to find his way in the world. It is often amusing, sometimes edifying, and always entertaining.(N. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and author of Principles of Economics)
Klein effectively taps into fears that every researcher must have felt at one time or another about the possible fragility of his or her results, and gives us a window to view how a desperate but otherwise normal everyday person may be tempted to behave unethically. He does so with humor and a heavy dose of irony. Klein perfectly captures the bumbling, bungling, and cluelessness of (at least some) new Economics PhDs beginning their careers.(Nelson C. Mark, Alfred C. DeCrane Jr. Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame)
The thrill in this book -- as in the economics profession itself -- comes from trying to determine what's real and what's satire. Klein expertly combines them by mixing the insights of an academic insider with an appreciation of the human comedy that was almost completely missing from his previous book, Exchange Rate Regimes in the Modern Era.(Yoram Bauman, economist and stand-up comedian)
... [An] amusing take on the academic life....(Taylor McNeil Tufts Now)
This book is not merely entertaining. It manages to slip in some extremely clear explanations of supply and demand, game theory, marginal costs, and the like, which might well seem fuzzy when presented in more conventional form.(Paul B. Brown The New York Times)
He writes smoothly and precisely, with an undercurrent of quiet humor.(Kacie Glenn The Chronicle of Higher Education)
About the Author
Michael W. Klein is William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.
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This delightful book should be a must-read for all young academics as it covers the challenges of a potential professor's career so well. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jane Bowers
Kudos to an economist for branching out - this book is a light-reading view of the struggles faced by every young academic. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by DC Chick
Very simply, this is a fun, quick, and pleasing read. There are lots of little humorous gems, and in general there is a clear and cleverly presented picture of the life of a PhD... Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by danielhurwit