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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert H. Frank Narrator: Robert H Frank Publisher: Caravan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Although middle-income families don't earn much more than they did several decades ago, they are buying bigger cars, houses, and appliances. To pay for them, they spend more than they earn and carry record levels of debt. In a book that explores the very meaning of happiness and prosperity in America today, Robert Frank explains how increased concentrations of income and wealth at the top of the economic pyramid have set off expenditure cascades that raise the cost of achieving many basic goals for the middle class.

Writing in lively prose for a general audience, Frank employs up-to-date economic data and examples drawn from everyday life to shed light on reigning models of consumer behavior. He also suggests reforms that could mitigate the costs of inequality. Falling Behind compels us to rethink how and why we live our economic lives the way we do.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Brunson | 2/4/2011

    " An interesting look at inequality and its consequences through the window of behavioral economics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Archie | 9/19/2009

    " An average read. The ideas of a consumption tax, as presented, are quite interesting. Will definitely give me something to think about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Stegman | 12/24/2007

    " interesting concept. But could it be written any more dryly? I feel as if I reading a peer reviewed journal with the footnotes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 12/4/2007

    " i couldn't really finish this because it's all stuff i've seen updated on blogs and national newspaper sites lately. glad he laid the foundation here (or you know, in semi-popular press), but it seemed superfluous reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Archie | 8/14/2007

    " An average read. The ideas of a consumption tax, as presented, are quite interesting. Will definitely give me something to think about. "

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About the Author
Author Robert H. FrankROBERT H. FRANK is the H. J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. He has been an Economic View columnist for the New York Times for more than a decade and his books include The Winner-Take-All Society (with Philip J. Cook), The Economic Naturalist, The Darwin Economy (Princeton), and Principles of Economics (with Ben S. Bernanke). He lives in Ithaca, New York.