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Book Title: The Economic Naturalist: Why Economics Explains Almost Everything|
The author of the book: Robert H. Frank
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 38.22 MB
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Edition: Virgin Books
Date of issue: 2006
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Read full description of the books:The fascinating and playful guide to how economics explains the simple but profound ideas that govern our world.
Why do the keypads on drive-up cash machines have Braille dots? Why are round-trip fares from Orlando to Kansas City higher than those from Kansas City to Orlando?
For decades, Robert Frank has been asking his economics students to pose and answer questions like these as a way of learning how economic principles operate in the real world--which they do everywhere, all the time.
Once you learn to think like an economist, all kinds of puzzling observations start to make sense. Drive-up ATM keypads have Braille dots because it's cheaper to make the same machine for both drive-up and walk-up locations. Travelers from Kansas City to Orlando pay less because they are usually price-sensitive tourists with many choices of destination, whereas travelers originating from Orlando typically choose Kansas City for specific family or business reasons.
The Economic Naturalist employs basic economic principles to answer scores of intriguing questions from everyday life, and, along the way, introduces key ideas such as the cost benefit principle, the "no cash left on the table" principle, and the law of one price. There is no more delightful and painless way of learning these fundamental principles.
"Smart, snappy and delightful. Bob Frank is one of America's best writers on economics." -- Tyler Cowen, George Mason University, and author of In Praise of Commercial Culture and What Price Fame?
"Fascinating, mind-expanding, and lots of fun." -- Steven Pinker, Harvard University, and author of The Blank Slate, How the Mind Works, and The Stuff of Thought
Read information about the authorRobert H. Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and a Professor of Economics at Cornell University's S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. He contributes to the "Economic View" column, which appears every fifth Sunday in The New York Times.
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