The Logic of Life

The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.97 hours)
Product Number: Z100026740
Released: Jan 29, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415947906
Narrator/s: John Lee
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Description

Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions-and you might be surprised to learn the answers from an economist. But Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author, likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned audiobook, Harford argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places. THE LOGIC OF LIFE is the first book to map out the astonishing insights and frustrating blind spots of a new economics in a way that anyone can enjoy. THE LOGIC OF LIFE presents an X-ray image of human life, stripping away the surface to show us a picture that is revealing, enthralling, and sometimes disturbing. The stories that emerge are not about data or equations but about people. Once you've listened to this addictive audiobook, life will never look the same again.

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Author(s): Tim Harford
Original Publish Date: Jan 29, 2008

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Author(s): Tim Harford
Product Number EB00165217
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9781588366825

Professional reviews

"As Tim Harford covers topics as diverse as prostitutes in Brazil and oral sex in high schools, narrator John Lee keeps up with the Harford's energetic argument for including economics in everyday life. The author also uses game theory and statistics to understand human behavior. In addition to his sharp, crisp delivery, Lee's hint of a British accent makes the material sound even more cerebral. Especially important, his quick pace helps focus the listener's attention as the author playfully reveals examples of modern-day life--such as mate selection and poker playing--that appear to be chance events but that are really dependent upon economic principles. M.R. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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