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Scroogenomics : why you shouldn't buy presents for the holidays

Author: Joel Waldfogel
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Economist Joel Waldfogel illustrates how our consumer spending generates vast amounts of economic waste--to the shocking tune of $85 billion each winter. He provides solid explanations to show us why it's time to stop the madness and think twice before buying gifts for the holidays. Gift giving is different than shopping for our own needs: we make less-informed choices, max out on credit to buy gifts worth less than  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Waldfogel
ISBN: 9780691142647 0691142645
OCLC Number: 310171808
Description: 173 p. ; 16 cm.
Contents: Spending and satisfaction --
U.S. holiday spending --
How much waste occurs at Christmas? --
Why we do it : are gift recipients crackheads, or what? --
Giving and waste around the world --
A century of American Yuletide spending --
Have yourself a borrowed little Christmas --
Is Christmas like Spam, underwear, or caviar? --
Christmas and commercialism : are Santa and Jesus on the same team? : if so, who's team captain? --
Stop carping : it's all for the best --
Making giving more efficient with cash and gift cards --
Giving and redistribution --
Solutions--making gift giving a force for good.
Responsibility: Joel Waldfogel.

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"Leave it to an economist to make an impassioned argument for why we shouldn't give gifts, especially during the holidays."-- Los Angeles Times "[A] small but very well-written and well-argued book Read more...

 
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