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The Undercover Economist Paperback – Illustrated, January 30, 2007

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"Required reading."
—Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics

"A playful guide to the economics of everyday life, and as such. . . something of an elder sibling to Steven Levitt’s wild child, the hugely successful Freakonomics."
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“[Harford] is in every sense consumer-friendly. His chapters come in bite-size sections, with wacky sub-headings. His style is breezy and no-nonsense. . . . The Undercover Economist is part primer, part consciousness raiser, part self-help manual.” --Times Literary Supplement

"Anyone mystified by how the world works will benefit from this book – especially anyone confused about why good intentions don’t, necessarily, translate into good results."
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"Harford writes like a dream – and is also one of the leading economic thinkers of his generation. From his book I found out why there’s a Starbucks on every corner, what Bob Geldof needs to learn to make development aid work properly, and how not to get duped in an auction. Reading The Undercover Economist is like spending an ordinary day wearing X-ray goggles."
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"Popular economics is not an oxymoron, and here is the proof. This book, by the Financial Times columnist Tim Harford, is as lively and witty an introduction to the supposedly 'dismal science' as you are likely to read."
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About the Author

Tim Harford is an editorial writer at the Financial Times, where he also writes the newspaper’s “Dear Economist” column and “The Undercover Economist” column, which also appears in Slate. He lives in London.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
  • Paperback : 265 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0345494016
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0345494016
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks; Illustrated Edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.14 x 0.61 x 7.98 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 562 ratings