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The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, Why the Poor Are Poor And Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car!

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An economist's version of The Way Things Work, this engaging volume is part field guide to economics and part expose of the economic principles lurking behind daily events, explaining everything from traffic jams to high coffee prices.

The Undercover Economist is for anyone who's wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why they can't seem to find a decent second-hand car, or how to outwit Starbucks. This book offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford ranges from Africa, Asia, Europe, and of course the United States to reveal how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains — to name just a few — are vacuuming money from our wallets. Harford punctures the myths surrounding some of today's biggest controversies, including the high cost of health-care; he reveals why certain environmental laws can put a smile on a landlord's face; and he explains why some industries can have high profits for innocent reasons, while in other industries something sinister is going on. Covering an array of economic concepts including scarce resources, market power, efficiency, price gouging, market failure, inside information, and game theory, Harford sheds light on how these forces shape our day-to-day lives, often without our knowing it. Showing us the world through the eyes of an economist, Tim Harford reveals that everyday events are intricate games of negotiations, contests of strength, and battles of wits. Written with a light touch and sly wit, The Undercover Economist turns the dismal science into a true delight.

Review:

"A rare specimen: a book on economics that will enthrall its readers....It brings the power of economics to life." Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics

"A playful guide to the economics of everyday life, and as such is something of an elder sibling to Steven Levitt's wild child, the hugely successful Freakonomics." The Economist

"A tour de force....If you need to be convinced of the irrerelevant and fascinating nature of economics, read this insightful and witty book." Jagdish Bhagwati, author of In Defense of Globalization

"This is a book to savor." The New York Times

"Harford writes like a dream. From his book I found out why there's a Starbucks on every corner and how not to get duped in an auction. Reading The Undercover Economist is like spending an ordinary day wearing X-ray goggles." David Bodanis, author of Electric Universe

"Much wit and wisdom." The Houston Chronicle

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Today, this engine has stalled. The decade of the 2000s lost one million American jobs, whereas the previous three decades averaged approximately 20 million new jobs per decade. If the next decade, the 2010s, generates only marginal jobs growth, the US economy could collapse under the weight of US debt and obligations. The US has several hundred trillions of dollars worth of debt, which it will not be able to pay if its workforce does not grow. The Jobenomics team is launching a national 20 by 20 campaign to create 20 million new US private sector jobs by 2020.  20 by 20 includes initiatives for government, large business, small and self-employed businesses, foreign investment in US businesses, and major emerging technology initiatives. Through Jobenomics, Americans will have common cause and resources to create jobs in order to build a more prosperous future.

About the Author

Tim Harford is an editorial writer at the Financial Times, where he also writes the newspaper's "Dear Economist" column and "The Undercover Economist" column, which also appears in Slate. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

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Part I: Employment versus Unemployment

Chapter 1:    Employment versus Unemployment Tyranny of Trillion$: Debtor Nation

Chapter 2:    Awash In Debt

Chapter 3:    National (Public) Debt

Chapter 4:    Private (Mortgage & Consumer) Debt

Chapter 5:     USG Bailouts, Pledges and Obligations    

Chapter 6:     Entitlement Programs

Chapter 7:     Derivatives: Exotic Financial Instruments

Chapter 8:    US Resources

Part 2: Recovery Scenarios

Chapter 9:     Economic Recovery Scenarios

Chapter 10:    V-Shaped Recovery and Jobs

Chapter 11:    W-Shaped Recoveries and Joblessness

Chapter 12:    Declining L-Shaped Recovery Forces and Factors Challenges, Issues and Indicators

Chapter 13:    Closing the Spending/Receipts Gap

Chapter 14:    Potential Second Residential Real Estate Crisis

Chapter 15:    The Markets

Chapter 16:    Inflation

Chapter 17:    US Treasuries and the Dollar

Chapter 18:    US Manufacturing & Emerging Markets

Chapter 19:    Corporate Recovery May Not Increase Jobs

Chapter 20:    Small Business Is The US Economic Backbone The Way Ahead: Jobs Creation

Chapter 21:    The 20 by 20 Jobs Creation Plan    

Chapter 22:    Energizing the Private Sector

Chapter 23:    Six Imperatives for Washington

Chapter 24:    The Austerity Contingency Plan

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345494016
Author:
Harford, Tim
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Vollmer, Chuck
Subject:
Consumer education
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
New Business Enterprises
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x 0.62 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 288 pages Random House Trade - English 9780345494016 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A rare specimen: a book on economics that will enthrall its readers....It brings the power of economics to life." Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics

"A playful guide to the economics of everyday life, and as such is something of an elder sibling to Steven Levitt's wild child, the hugely successful Freakonomics." The Economist

"A tour de force....If you need to be convinced of the irrerelevant and fascinating nature of economics, read this insightful and witty book." Jagdish Bhagwati, author of In Defense of Globalization

"This is a book to savor." The New York Times

"Harford writes like a dream. From his book I found out why there's a Starbucks on every corner and how not to get duped in an auction. Reading The Undercover Economist is like spending an ordinary day wearing X-ray goggles." David Bodanis, author of Electric Universe

"Much wit and wisdom." The Houston Chronicle

"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,

Today, this engine has stalled. The decade of the 2000s lost one million American jobs, whereas the previous three decades averaged approximately 20 million new jobs per decade. If the next decade, the 2010s, generates only marginal jobs growth, the US economy could collapse under the weight of US debt and obligations. The US has several hundred trillions of dollars worth of debt, which it will not be able to pay if its workforce does not grow. The Jobenomics team is launching a national 20 by 20 campaign to create 20 million new US private sector jobs by 2020.  20 by 20 includes initiatives for government, large business, small and self-employed businesses, foreign investment in US businesses, and major emerging technology initiatives. Through Jobenomics, Americans will have common cause and resources to create jobs in order to build a more prosperous future.

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