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The invisible heart : an economic romance

Author: Russell D Roberts
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2002, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st MIT Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"The Invisible Heart takes a provocative look at business, economics, and regulation through the eyes of Sam Gordon and Laura Silver, teachers at the exclusive Edwards School in Washington, D.C. Sam lives and breathes capitalism. He thinks that most government regulation is unnecessary or even harmful. He believes that success in business is a virtue. He believes that our humanity flourishes under economic freedom.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Didactic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russell D Roberts
ISBN: 0262182106 9780262182102 0262681358 9780262681353
OCLC Number: 44413917
Description: x, 271 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: 1. Opening day --
2. Beauty and the beast --
3. Danger and delight --
4. Tête à tête --
5. Underpaid and overworked --
6. Turning out the lights --
7. Exploiting the consumer --
8. Magic fingers --
9. The siren's call --
10. Down and dirty --
11. Out in the cold --
12. The cornered beast --
13. The rules of the game --
14. Serious numbers --
15. Sweet charity --
16. The numbers are heard --
17. Swimming with the tide --
18. Last class --
19. Repairing the world --
20. Show time --
21. Spare change.
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A lively, unorthodox look at economics, business, and public policy told in the form of a novel.  Read more...

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"A page-turning, well-written love story that also teaches an impressive amount of good economics."--Milton Friedman, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Nobel Laureate in Economics "The Read more...

 
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