Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0691178301
ISBN-10: 0691178305
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"Frank's book gives a compelling argument for why we should consider our collective needs more when we look to change society for the better."---Jill Suttie, Psy.D., Greater Good

"An important book, which takes a plausible approach to a difficult problem of genuine significance. It deserves to be widely read and publicly discussed."---James Case, SIAM News

"Though hard work, effort, and schooling are important factors, Frank demonstrates convincingly that pure, random luck also matters (a lot). . . . This book is well reasoned, coherent, and compelling--Frank is one of the great writers of economics.", Choice

"Frank points out that for every big winner, there are scores of people who are as skilled, hard-working and intelligent, but came in just behind. The lack of a lucky break can be the difference between wild success and a near miss or worse."---Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg View

"A deep and stimulating book."---Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution

"A very courageous book. . . . Luck, and lucky encounters are realistically important and a great part of our life."---Anna Maria Polidori, Al Femminile

"Frank makes a strong case for his account of the many ways that chance contributes to social outcomes. In a rational, fact-based world, policy makers would pay attention."---David A. Kirsch, Administrative Science Quarterly

"The reminder about the important role of luck is welcome.", Enlightened Economist

"Well reasoned, coherent, and compelling--Frank is one of the great writers of economics.", Fortune

"The book is diverting and easy to read. . . . He makes a compelling case for the role of luck in much of the wealth held by people in developed societies."---Ouida Taaffe, Financial World

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"Growing inequality of wealth, leading to growing inequality of political power, has become a first-order social problem. Understanding the role of luck in economic outcomes is the first step toward formulating sensible policies to get runaway inequality back under control. Robert Frank's Success and Luck is a jewel: succinct, well written, and convincing. We're all lucky to be able to read it."―Mark A.R. Kleiman, New York University's Marron Institute

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Hande Z
3.0 out of 5 stars good luck
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars compelling message with public policy considerations
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2017
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2017
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Ken Power
2.0 out of 5 stars The theme of this book is: Luck is a factor in life - therefore Statism.
Reviewed in Australia on March 3, 2018
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Karina
5.0 out of 5 stars Livro muito bom com um ponto d evista nem sempre explorado
Reviewed in Brazil on September 3, 2016
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Enrique R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesante. Buenos argumentos para el debate
Reviewed in Spain on October 9, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Clear, Actionable.
Reviewed in Italy on June 26, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un gran libro sobre economía del comportamiento
Reviewed in Spain on May 27, 2016
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Vishal
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 1st few chapters
Reviewed in India on March 16, 2019
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Vilela
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting political ideas
Reviewed in Brazil on June 5, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on January 11, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Muito bom
Reviewed in Brazil on September 13, 2016
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mais do mesmo
Reviewed in Brazil on October 19, 2016
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