The Undercover Economist

Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car!

eBook, 316 pages

English language

Published Oct. 31, 2005 by Oxford University Press.

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"The Undercover Economist" is a book written by Tim Harford that aims to make economic principles accessible to a general audience through real-world examples and engaging narratives. First published in 2005, the book takes readers on a journey to explore various economic concepts, such as supply and demand, market forces, and game theory.

Harford uses everyday scenarios and anecdotes to illustrate economic principles, making the subject matter more relatable to readers without a strong background in economics. The author adopts a conversational and approachable tone, making complex ideas more digestible.

Throughout the book, Harford delves into topics such as globalization, pricing mechanisms, and the unintended consequences of economic policies. He explores the impact of economic decisions on individuals and society while encouraging readers to think critically about economic issues.

While "The Undercover Economist" presents a largely positive view of market forces and their efficiency, it does not shy away from …

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  • Economics
  • Non-Fiction