The Undercover Economist

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199926510
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Business & Economics

Harford ranges from Africa, Asia, Europe, and of course the United States to reveal how supermarkets, airlines, health care providers, and coffee chains--to name just a few--are vacuuming money from our wallets.

Dear Undercover Economist

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 9780307372390
Release Date: 2009-08-25
Genre: Business & Economics

A fantastic collection of witty, insightful, and often outrageous Financial Times columns that answer readers’ personal dilemmas using the latest economic theory. Tim Harford employs his idiosyncratic style to explain economic principles so that anyone can understand them — and reveals how they apply to (and can solve) issues in everyday life. Does money buy happiness? Is “the one” really out there? Can cities be greener than farms? When’s the best time to settle down? Can you really “dress for success”? How can I stop my girlfriend from eating my dessert? Harford provides brilliant, hilarious, and weirdly wise answers to these and other questions. Arranged by topic, easy to read, and hard to put down, Dear Undercover Economist is a provocative, compassionate, and indispensable perspective on anything that may irk or ail you — a book well worth the investment. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Logic of Life

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 9780307371881
Release Date: 2009-02-24
Genre: Business & Economics

In The Logic of Life, bestselling author Tim Harford quite simply makes sense of this world. Life often seems to defy logic. The receptionist is clearly smarter than the boss who earns fifty times her salary. Arbitrary lines starkly divide the desirable districts of the city from the dangerous ones. Voters flock to the polling booths to elect candidates who’ll rip them off to favour special interests. None of it makes logical sense — or does it? Economist and acclaimed author Tim Harford thinks it does. By weaving stories from locations as diverse as a Vegas casino to a barroom speed date, Harford aims to persuade you that people are, in fact, surprisingly logical. When a street prostitute agrees to unprotected sex, or a teenage criminal embarks on a burglary — perhaps especially when a racist employer disregards a black job applicant — we would seem to be a million miles from rational behaviour. Harford shows that, discomfitingly, we are not. It turns out that the unlikeliest of people are complying with the logic of economics and responding to future costs and benefits, often without realizing it; and socially tragic outcomes can have their roots in individually rational decisions. Brilliantly reasoned, always entertaining and often provocative, The Logic of Life is a book to help you understand yourself and the world around you. From the Hardcover edition.

50 Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780735216136
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Business & Economics

Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy paints an epic picture of change in an intimate way by telling the stories of the tools, people, and ideas that had far-reaching consequences for all of us. From the plough to artificial intelligence, from Gillette s disposable razor to IKEA s Billy bookcase, bestselling author and Financial Times columnist Tim Harford recounts each invention s own curious, surprising, and memorable story.

Adapt

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429920688
Release Date: 2011-05-10
Genre: Business & Economics

In this groundbreaking book, Tim Harford, the Undercover Economist, shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. When faced with complex situations, we have all become accustomed to looking to our leaders to set out a plan of action and blaze a path to success. Harford argues that today's challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinion; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt. Deftly weaving together psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, physics, and economics, along with the compelling story of hard-won lessons learned in the field, Harford makes a passionate case for the importance of adaptive trial and error in tackling issues such as climate change, poverty, and financial crises—as well as in fostering innovation and creativity in our business and personal lives. Taking us from corporate boardrooms to the deserts of Iraq, Adapt clearly explains the necessary ingredients for turning failure into success. It is a breakthrough handbook for surviving—and prospering— in our complex and ever-shifting world.

The Armchair Economist

Author: Steven E. Landsburg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781471112232
Release Date: 2012-05-10
Genre: Business & Economics

Air bags cause accidents, because well-protected drivers take more risks. This well-documented truth comes as a surprise to most people, but not to economists, who have learned to take seriously the proposition that people respond to incentives. In The Armchair Economist, Steven E. Landsburg shows how the laws of economics reveal themselves in everyday experience and illuminate the entire range of human behavior. Why does popcorn cost so much at the cinema? The 'obvious' answer is that the owner has a monopoly, but if that were the whole story, there would also be a monopoly price to use the toilet. When a sudden frost destroys much of the Florida orange crop and prices skyrocket, journalists point to the 'obvious' exercise of monopoly power. Economists see just the opposite: If growers had monopoly power, they'd have raised prices before the frost. Why don't concert promoters raise ticket prices even when they are sure they will sell out months in advance? Why are some goods sold at auction and others at pre-announced prices? Why do boxes at the football sell out before the standard seats do? Why are bank buildings fancier than supermarkets? Why do corporations confer huge pensions on failed executives? Why don't firms require workers to buy their jobs? Landsburg explains why the obvious answers are wrong, reveals better answers, and illuminates the fundamental laws of human behavior along the way. This is a book of surprises: a guided tour of the familiar, filtered through a decidedly unfamiliar lens. This is economics for the sheer intellectual joy of it.

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back The Babysitting Recession

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781408705445
Release Date: 2013-08-08
Genre: Business & Economics

In Tim Harford's new book The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, he sets out to explain how the whole world economy works. In this, the second chapter from the book, Harford shows what we can learn from one particular recession that began in the early 1970s and was entirely created on Capitol Hill, the heart of American government. Readers should note that this ebook is just one chapter from the new book. The full book will be released on August 29. A million readers bought The Undercover Economist to get the lowdown on how economics works on a small scale, in our everyday lives. Since then, economics has become big news. Crises, austerity, riots, bonuses - all are in the headlines all the time. But how does this large-scale economic world really work? Find out in The Undercover Economist Strikes Back.

Messy

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781594634796
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Business & Economics

Messiness adds benefits to our lives, so why do we resist the concept so? Harford uses research from neuroscience, psychology and social science to explain why disorder, confusion, and disarray are actually lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other. He shows that the human inclination for tidiness can mask a deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.

Free Lunch

Author: David Smith
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781847651396
Release Date: 2010-07-09
Genre: Business & Economics

The economy has never been so relevant to so many people as it is now, and it's vital that we understand how it affects our lives. 'There's no such thing as a free lunch' is the one phrase everyone has heard from economics - not even for bankers. But why not? What does economics tell us about the price of lunch - and everything else? Free Lunch makes the economics pages of the newspaper intelligible and addresses the concerns that worry us all. It will enable you to understand - and challenge - the claims made by politicians Set out like a good lunch-time conversation, the book will guide you through the mysteries of the economy. Your guides will be some of the greatest names in the field, including Smith, Marx and Keynes. This clever and witty introduction to economics costs less than even the cheapest meal. It is essential reading in these times of economic uncertainty, and is far more satisfying than even the most gourmet banquet.

The Evolution Underground Burrows Bunkers and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath our Feet

Author: Anthony J. Martin
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781681773759
Release Date: 2017-02-07
Genre: Science

What is the best way to survive when the going gets tough? Hiding underground. From penguins to dinosaurs, trilobites, and humans, Anthony Martin reveals the subterranean secret of survival. Humans have “gone underground” for survival for thousands of years, from underground cities in Turkey to Cold War–era bunkers. But our burrowing roots go back to the very beginnings of animal life on earth. Without burrowing, the planet would be very different today. Many animal lineages alive now—including our own—only survived a cataclysmic meteorite strike 65 million years ago because they went underground. On a grander scale, the chemistry of the planet itself had already been transformed many millions of years earlier by the first animal burrows, which altered whole ecosystems. Every day we walk on an earth filled with an under-ground wilderness teeming with life. Most of this life stays hidden, yet these animals and their subterranean homes are ubiquitous, ranging from the deep sea to mountains, from the equator to the poles. Burrows are a refuge from predators, a safe home for raising young, or a tool to ambush prey. Burrows also protect animals against all types of natural disasters: fires, droughts, storms, meteorites, global warmings—and coolings. In a book filled with spectacularly diverse fauna, acclaimed paleontologist and ichnologist Anthony Martin reveals this fascinating, hidden world that will continue to influence and transform life on this planet.

The Undercover Economist

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Abacus
ISBN: 0349139075
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Genre: Economic history

Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult to get a foot on the property ladder, or where the banks went wrong? This book offers the hidden story behind these and other forces that shape our day-to-day lives, often without our knowing it. 'Lively and witty . . . After reading this book a trip to the supermarket is an entirely different experience' The Times

Why Buildings Fall Down

Author: Matthys Levy
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 039331152X
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Architecture

Takes readers on a journey through the history of architectural and structural disasters, from the Parthenon to the Tower of Pisa to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge