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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,687 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Harford Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions–and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist. 
But Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist, likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned book, Harford argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places. 
Using tools ranging from animal experiments to supercomputer simulations, an ambitious new breed of economist is trying to unlock the secrets of society. The Logic of Lifeis the first book to map out the astonishing insights and frustrating blind spots of this new economics in a way that anyone can enjoy. 
The Logic of Lifepresents an X-ray image of human life, stripping away the surface to show us a picture that is revealing, enthralling, and sometimes disturbing. The stories that emerge are not about data or equations but about people: the athlete who survived a shocking murder attempt, the computer geek who beat the hard-bitten poker pros, the economist who defied Henry Kissinger and faked an invasion of Berlin, the king who tried to buy off a revolution.
Once you’ve read this quotable and addictive book, life will never look the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Highly readable, funny and daringly contentious . . . a whopping good time. San Francisco Chronicle
  • [Tim] Harford sets off on an enormously entertaining yarn backed by the findings of expert economists. He spins playfully, but smartly, across matters of sex, crime, gambling, addiction, marriage, racism, ghettos and politics, and he makes it all, well, titillating at times. Really. USA Today
  • Harford has a knack for explaining economic principles and problems in plain language and, even better, for making them fun. The New York Times
  • [Harford] is an amiable guide for the non-specialist reader . . . but his command of the subject is such that even a well-schooled economist will discover much that is new. The Economist
  • Highly engaging . . . entertaining and provocative. Publishers Weekly
  • A fascinating work with many ‘aha’ moments. Booklist
  • Smart, charming, penetrating, and wise. Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics
  • “Chock-full of numbers and money talk, but oddly entertaining. Kirkus Reviews
  • Charming and informative. Newsday
  • Like Harford’s earlier book, The Undercover Economist–if you haven’t got it, get it–this book uses the basic theory of rational choice to make transparent the logic behind common but important puzzling phenomena. Even a trained economist can enjoy discovering what he didn’t realize he already knew. I did. Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics

    “This witty, intelligent book will help you see the entire world in a new light.

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amber | 2/14/2014

    " This book was really interesting, but I kinda of lost steam by the end when he got to the more macro level topics. I find behavioral economics totally fascinating and it really makes you think again about how humans make such fantastic (or not) choices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rajesh | 2/13/2014

    " I've been reading books on behavioral economics recently and I read this book in the midst. It's fantastic. Tim describes in detail how while irrational behaviors can be seen by amateurs and in isolated incidents, in aggregate and in general an expert's behavior tends to approximate the most rational. He also goes on to describe that this does not necessarily mean that what's rational at individual level translate to what's rational for a group or a society. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tai Odunsi | 2/13/2014

    " very insightful on many levels "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by adhy ramawan putra | 2/5/2014

    " *chapter 2, the las vegas not only for the gambler, but also economist..LOL "

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