9780393337648

Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (Fully Revised and Updated)

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    9780393337648

  • ISBN10:

    0393337642

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 4/17/2010
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

Finally! A book about economics that won’t put you to sleep.

In fact, you won’t be able to put this bestseller down. In our challenging economic climate, this perennial favorite of students and general readers is more than a good read, it’s a necessary investment—with a blessedly sure rate of return.

Demystifying buzzwords, laying bare the truths behind oft-quoted numbers, and answering the questions you were always too embarrassed to ask, the breezy Naked Economics gives readers the tools they need to engage with pleasure and confidence in the deeply relevant, not so dismal science.

This revised and updated edition adds commentary on hot topics, including the current economic crisis, globalization, the economics of information, the intersection of economics and politics, and the history—and future—of the Federal Reserve.

“Explains our global economy in a way that is (gasp!) actually entertaining.”—Book Magazine

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
The Power of Markets: Who feeds Paris?p. 3
Incentives Matter: Why you might be able to save your face by cutting off your nose (if you are a black rhinoceros)p. 30
Government and the Economy: Government is your friend (and a round of applause for all those lawyers)p. 54
Government and the Economy II: The army was lucky to get that screwdriver for $500p. 80
Economics of Information: McDonald's didn't create a better hamburgerp. 104
Productivity and Human Capital: Why is Bill Gates so much richer than you are?p. 126
Financial Markets: What economics can tell us about getting rich quick (and losing weight, too!)p. 148
The Power of Organized Interests: What economics can tell us about politicsp. 175
Keeping Score: Is my economy bigger than your economy?p. 191
The Federal Reserve: Why that dollar in your pocket is more than just a piece of paperp. 218
International Economics: How did a nice country like Iceland go bust?p. 243
Trade and Globalization: The good news about Asian sweatshopsp. 270
Development Economics: The wealth and poverty of nationsp. 294
Epilogue Life in 2050: Seven Questionsp. 317
Notesp. 327
Indexp. 339
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Excellent April 17, 2011
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This is a very good textbook on economics. It does what it promises. It teaches the basic concepts of economics without graphs or formulas. Sometimes it even says how the concept he is explaining is know in the standard literature. This book points out that efficiency isn't the only thing; it is an important thing, but priorities are different for different people and these different priorities are not necessarily better or worse. In short, a great required text (as it is at our department now, on my, my brother's and our teacher's strong recommendations) for beginning courses and anyone who thinks economists are personally offensive. As for me, I'm very happy to deal with ecampus. This rental textbook was in a great condition and the price was good. Thanks.
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