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Use the power of economics to solve everyday problems with this witty, accessible, and entertaining guide presenting Econ 101 Can economics help one lose weight? How does an emissions trading scheme work? Why are bananas so expensive? What really goes on inside the federal budget lock up? How can one spot a zombie bank? Why do boy bands make so much money? From asylum seekers to bananas, this book uses fun facts to get to the heart of some of the biggest political and economic debates. Part economics lesson, part quirky observation on modern life, this collection of easily digestible, bite-sized nuggets of factual goodness will help transform even the most economically illiterate person into an insightful commentator at their next work drinks or weekend barbeque.
Jessica Irvine is the economics writer for the Sydney Morning Herald.