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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel Waldfogel Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Princeton University Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Christmas is a time of seasonal cheer, family get-togethers, holiday parties, and-gift giving. Lots and lots - and lots - of gift giving. It's hard to imagine any Christmas without this time-honored custom. But let's stop to consider the gifts we receive - the rooster sweater from Grandma or the singing fish from Uncle Mike. How many of us get gifts we like? How many of us give gifts not knowing what recipients want? Did your cousin really look excited about that jumping alarm clock?

Lively and informed, Scroogenomics illustrates how our consumer spending generates vast amounts of economic waste - to the shocking tune of 85 billion dollars each winter. Economist Joel Waldfogel provides solid explanations to show us why it's time to stop the madness and think twice before buying gifts for the holidays.

When we buy for ourselves, every dollar we spend produces at least a dollar in satisfaction, because we shop carefully and purchase items that are worth more than they cost. Gift giving is different. We make less-informed choices, max out on credit to buy gifts worth less than the money spent, and leave recipients less than satisfied, creating what Waldfogel calls deadweight loss. Waldfogel indicates that this waste isn't confined to Americans - most major economies share in this orgy of wealth destruction.

While recognizing the difficulties of altering current trends, Waldfogel offers viable gift-giving alternatives. By reprioritizing our gift-giving habits, Scroogenomics proves that we can still maintain the economy without gouging our wallets - and reclaim the true spirit of the holiday season. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Carla | 2/20/2014

    " Short read on the whole economics of gift giving around the holidays . . . he makes some good points . . . "

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

    " An essay, a single insightful thought is not a book. And this is not a book really, but what would have been called a pamphlet oh those many years ago. Here's the brilliant concept - a gift is worth more to the giver than the receiver. That's it. Interesting thought - but not a whole book's worth of information here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Krystin | 2/4/2014

    " Couldn't decided whether or not to give it 2 or 3 stars. It was an interesting book but I skimmed over some parts b/c it was confusing. Overall though I liked his theory and thought it was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica Gadsden | 1/29/2014

    " An essay, a single insightful thought is not a book. And this is not a book really, but what would have been called a pamphlet oh those many years ago. Here's the brilliant concept - a gift is worth more to the giver than the receiver. That's it. Interesting thought - but not a whole book's worth of information here. "

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