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The Armchair economist: economics and everyday life

Author: Landsburg, Steven E. Publisher: Free Press, 1995.Language: EnglishDescription: 241 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0029177766Type of document: BookNote: Paperback 1995Bibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Paperback 1995

Includes bibliographical references and index

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The Armchair Economist Economics and Everyday Life Contents Introduction I. WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT 1. The Power of Incentives: How Seat Belts Kill 2. Rational Riddles: Why the Rolling Stones Sell Out 3. Truth or Consequences: How to Split a Check or Choose a Movie 4. The Indifference Principle: Who Cares If the Air Is Clean? 5. The Computer Game of Life: Learning What It's All About II. GOOD AND EVIL 6. Telling Right from Wrong: The Pitfalls of Democracy 7. 8. 9. in Why Taxes Are Bad: The Logic of Efficiency Why Prices Are Good: Smith Versus Darwin Of Medicine and Candy, Trains and Sparks: Economics the Courtroom vii 3 10 20 31 42 49 60 73 83 III. HOW TO READ THE NEWS 10. Choosing Sides in the Drug War: How the Atlantic Monthly Got It Wrong 11. The Mythology of Deficits 12. Sound and Fury: Spurious Wisdom from the Op-Ed Pages 13. How Statistics Lie: Unemployment Can Be Good for You 14. The Policy Vice: Do We Need More Illiterates? 15. Some Modest Proposals: The End of Bipartisanship 95 106 116 127 138 146 IV. HOW MARKETS WORK 16. Why Popcorn Costs More at the Movies and Why the Obvious Answer Is Wrong 17. Courtship and Collusion: The Mating Game 18. Cursed Winners and Glum Losers: Why Life Is Full of Disappointments 19. Ideas of Interest Armchair Forecasting 20. Random Walks and Stock Market Prices: A Primer for Investors 21. The Iowa Car Crop V. THE PITFALLS OF SCIENCE 22. Was Einstein Credible? The Economics of Scientific Method 23. New, Improved Football: How Economists Go Wrong VI. THE PITFALLS OF RELIGION 24. Why I Am Not an Environmentalist The Science of Economics Versus the Religion of Ecology Appendix: Notes on Sources Index 223 233 237 203 211 157 168 174 181 188 197

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