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The undercover economist : exposing why the rich are rich, the poor are poor--and why you can never buy a decent used car!

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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An entertaining and pain-free introduction to the key concepts of economics, by a Financial Times writer, this book is part field guide to economics and part exposé of the economic principles lurking behind daily events. Reporting back from Africa, Asia, Europe, and your local Starbucks, author Harford shows us the world through the eyes of an economist, and reveals that everyday events are in fact intricate games  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harford, Tim, 1973-
Undercover economist.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)654416136
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Harford
ISBN: 9780195189773 0195189779
OCLC Number: 59098699
Description: x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Who pays for your coffee? --
What supermarkets don't want you to know --
Perfect markets and the "world of truth" --
Crosstown traffic --
The inside story --
Rational insanity --
The men who knew the value of nothing --
Why poor countries are poor --
Beer, fries and globalization --
How China grew rich.
Responsibility: Tim Harford.
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An entertaining and pain-free introduction to the key concepts of economics, by a Financial Times writer, this book is part field guide to economics and part exposé of the economic principles lurking behind daily events. Reporting back from Africa, Asia, Europe, and your local Starbucks, author Harford shows us the world through the eyes of an economist, and reveals that everyday events are in fact intricate games of negotiations, contests of strength, and battles of wits. He explains: why picking stocks is like picking a line in the supermarket; the connection between a drunken frat party and getting stuck in traffic; how coffee companies use fair trade products to skim money from customers--From publisher description.

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Accessible, Documented and Humorous

by dcornwall (WorldCat user published 2009-10-09) Excellent Permalink

If you're looking for a well documented, accessible book on economics that will keep you giggling, look no further than the Undercover Economist. This book carries a bibliography and an index.

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