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More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics


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Economics is no longer the "dismal science" dreaded by college freshmen. In recent years, a band of economists has broken away from the charts and graphs of college textbooks, and begun to explain ordinary behavior in plain and often entertaining English. Steve Landsburg was one of the first of the new breed, in his book The Armchair Economist and long-running "Everyday Economics" column in Slate magazine. Now he is back, and more provocative than ever.

In More Sex is Safer Sex, Landsburg shows how the rational behavior of each one of us — when combined together — produces the often bizarre, seemingly irrational behavior of crowds. We all stand up at the ballpark, so none of us can see. We avoid casual sex, from fear of disease, and we thereby make sex more dangerous. Things really get interesting when Landsburg suggests ways to change the rules, and game the system. Why not charge juries if a convicted felon is exonerated? Why not have each member of Congress represent a national subset of voters, chosen alphabetically? Why not solve the ""overpopulation"" problem by having more children, who will help think of ways to improve our use of resources?

More Sex is Safer Sex will make you laugh and argue — and it will make you think about the world around you in new and unforgettable ways.

About the Author

Steven E. Landsburg writes the popular "Everyday Economics" column in Slate magazine and has also written for Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He teaches in the department of economics at the University of Rochester.

Table of Contents



Preface: Unconventional Wisdom

PART I: The Communal Stream

1. More Sex Is Safer Sex


2. Be Fruitful and Multiply

3. What I Like about Scrooge

4. Who's the Fairest of Them All?

5. Children at Work

PART II: How to Fix Everything

6. How to Fix Politics

7. How to Fix the Justice System

8. How to Fix Everything Else

How to Fight Fires

How to Fight Crime

How to Prevent Accidents

How to Fight Pollution

How to Solve the Kidney Shortage

How to Fight Grade Inflation

How to Shorten Waiting Lines

PART III: Everyday Economics

9. Go Figure

10. Oh No! It's a Girl!

11. The High Price of Motherhood

PART IV: The Big Questions

12. Giving Your All

A Defense of Pure Reason

13. The Central Banker of the Soul

14. How to Read the News

Racial Profiling

Disaster Relief

The Sack of Baghdad

Global Warming, Local Crowding

My Barnes and Noble Trade Deficit

An Outsourcing Fable

The New Racism

15. Matters of Life and Death

16. Things That Make Me Squirm



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The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics
Landsburg, Steven E
Landsburg, Steven E.
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Economics - Macroeconomics
Economics - General
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