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Luxury fever : money and happiness in an era of excess

Author: Robert H Frank
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2000?]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The turn of the twenty-first century witnessed a spectacular rise in gross consumption. With the super-rich setting the pace, everyone spent furiously in a desperate attempt to keep up. This book  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert H Frank
ISBN: 0691070113 9780691070117
OCLC Number: 43790219
Notes: Originally published: New York : Free Press, ©1999.
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Description: 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Money well spent? --
The luxury spending boom --
Why now? --
The price of luxury --
Does money buy happiness? --
Gains that endure --
Our forgotten future --
Excellent, relatively speaking --
Why context and position are so important --
Smart for one, dumb for all --
Understanding conspicuous consumption --
Self help? --
Other failed remedies --
Luxury without apology --
Equity versus efficiency : the great trade-off? --
We can't afford it? --
Cash on the table.
Responsibility: Robert H. Frank.

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Luxury Fever is an important book... It's admirable that an economist makes use of the research of behavioral biologists and evolutionary psychologists to explain why consumers spend as they do. USA Read more...

 
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