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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (644 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tyler Cowen Narrator: David Drummon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America’s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—often when you least expect it to be relevant.

Like no other economist, Tyler Cowen shows how economic notions—such as incentives, signals, and markets— apply far more widely than merely to the decisions of social planners, governments, and big business. What does economic theory say about ordering from a menu? Or attracting the right mate? Or controlling people who talk too much in meetings? Or dealing with your dentist? With a wryly amusing voice, Cowen reveals the hidden economic patterns behind everyday situations so you can get more of what you really want.

Readers will also gain less selfish insights into how to be a good partner, neighbor and even citizen of the world. For instance, what is the best way to give to charity? Discover Your Inner Economist is an introduction to the science of economics that shows it to be built on notions that are already within all of us. While the implications of those ideas lead to Cowen’s often counterintuitive advice, their wisdom is presented in ordinary examples taken from home life, work life, and even vacation life… How do you get a good guide in a Moroccan bazaar?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast, furious, and fun, with great examples of how to apply economic thinking to nontraditional subjects.”

    Stephen J. Dubner, New York Times bestselling author of Freakonomics

  • “Engaging [and] useful.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] charming guide on how to get more of the good stuff in life…Even if you don’t agree with all of Cowen’s cheerfully offered opinions, it’s a pleasure to accompany him through his various interests and obsessions. At the least, you’ll pick up some useful tips for what to order at upscale restaurants.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[An] economist who’s a wonderfully entertaining writer but also a deeply humane thinker…will…show you how thinking better can actually help you live better.”

    James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/17/2014

    " Hmm. Scattered, and I'm unsure what the point of much of the book was. Why do I care about Singapore street food?? Not sure that I have an "inner economist" who does. My son is considering taking an online class from the author but I wonder about his focus. Interesting in spots, but seemed ADD to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lambeam | 2/13/2014

    " Pop economics. Some of the insights are obvious to anyone my age, but there were a few surprises. Especially the chapter on charitable giving It was helpful to know, for example that to help the poor it is more helpful to give to a poor church (not a rich one) and that the worst thing a donor can do is give once, a small sum, to a charity. To find out why (and many more interesting things even if you aren't particularly intested in motivating your dentist) read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sam | 2/11/2014

    " Tyler Cowen analyzes everyday life using the principles of economics. At times amusing & thought-provoking, but not always convincing. For example, he advises that we should try to learn to enjoy music genres that we don't like so we can take advantage of the variety of culture available to us. But isn't it just as likely that the benefit of music is the enjoyment, so that we're better off listening to music that we don't have to work to enjoy? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Brent | 2/10/2014

    " Should be called, "Read how much of a snob I am." "

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