The Undercover Economist

Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--And Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car!

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An economist's version of The Way Things Work, this engaging volume is part field guide to economics and part expose of the economic principles lurking behind daily events, explaining everything from traffic jams to high coffee prices. The Underc ...Continua
I had great expectations from this book. I thought it would be as funny and as interesting as "Freakonomics." Unfortunately, the author cannot set a uniform tone in this essay. At times he can be super-partes and show how ignorance (meaning: lack of...Continua
Wrote 6/20/11

harford writes about major world problems with irony applying different economics theories in a brilliant way.
If you think economics is just numbers and percentages... Think again!

Wrote 9/7/10
This book starts brilliantly, and draws your attention to continue reading, with lot of daily examples, such as the "price targetting policies" of organic food, fair trade coffee, packaging (design does not cost much, but poor design can help to dete...Continua
Wrote 9/2/10

This book reads too much like it's cashing in on the pop-economics genre after Freakonomics. Nothing original or even provocative here. The one benefit is introduced Dave Ricardo in laymen terms.

Wrote 1/20/10
Wow, this is a very carefully planned book. Tim Harford managed to start from your morning coffee, traffic congestion, etc to bring up the economic theories and explanation underneath... and he gradually take us to a full theory on how economy should...Continua

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