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Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: Bill Wallace Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Newly revised and updated, this is the acclaimed companion volume to the hugely successful Basic Economics, by one of America’s most revered economists.

Applied Economics is an accessible guide to how our economic decisions develop. It explains the application of economics to major world problems, including housing, medical care, discrimination, and the economic development of nations, illustrated with examples from around the world. This new, expanded edition has been updated to address economic questions that are particularly relevant to our times, with chapters on the economics of immigration, the economics of organ transplants, the “creative” financing of home buying that led to the mortgage crisis, and the political and economic incentives that lead to money earmarked for highways being diverted to mass transit and to a general neglect of infrastructure. The book retains its easy readability, even for people with no prior knowledge of economics.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Applied Economics…is simply the must-have field guide to our economic landscape.”

    Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times columnist

  • Applied Economics is full of…good sense—and serves as an excellent defense against the counterproductive promises of political candidates.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The great achievement of Sowell’s book is its simplicity. His writing is easy and lucid, an admirable trait considering the topic at hand….As a basic primer for the economically perplexed, this volume serves very well.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A spirited and controversial examination of how economics choices in public policy often result in unforeseen consequences…His reasoning is clear and thoughtful.”

    Library Journal

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Hispanicpundit | 2/7/2014

    " This book goes further than Sowell's previous book Basic Economics, in that it uses the concepts of economics to tackle everyday things. Whether it is the incentives behind politicians or race issues, every issue looked at is analyzed from the economic perspective and shown, time and time again, that incentives really are what matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Wayne Farris | 2/5/2014

    " A thought provoking book that gets just a bit tedious at times. Still a good book that I am glad I read. After the introduction and first chapter or two you could just choose the topics in which you have the most interest. I especially enjoyed the gun control and housing sections. The book explores the unintended or "stage two" or "stage three" consequences of political responses to problems and how those consequences aren't realized for years. By then the consequences are frequently blamed on something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Michael Weaver | 1/16/2014

    " This book really explore the core cause of the state of the current economy. From politicians offering band-aide solutions and making decisions solely to get themselves reelected to the failing notion of price controls that the government could institute in socialized health care to attempt to keep medical care costs down. A definite must read particularly along side of Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jeff | 1/14/2014

    " Got it free from Thomas Sowell himself! Will be EXTREMELY exciting to read! First chapter is down, and loving every minute of it! "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has been published in both academic journals and such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune and writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

About the Narrator

Bill Wallace has recorded hundreds of books for the National Library Service’s Talking Books Program for the blind and physically handicapped under the auspices of the Library of Congress. He won the Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award for Nonfiction in 2001 and the Canadian Torgi Talking Book of the Year Award in 1996 and again in 2003. He was nominated for an Audie® Award in 1998.