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Author: Tim Hartford
Publisher: Little, Brown (2009)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Economists might not be the first people you would think to give you advice(s) on parenting, the intricacies of etiquette or the dark arts of seduction.
For years, author Tim Hartford has been doing just that: offering a witty and rational explanation for almost everything you ever wanted to know about life.
As a business journalist, truth be told, it can get a bit dry sometimes when all we do is talk about facts and figures. Dear Undercover Economists make sense of it all.
While the book would not tell you how to make your first billion, it could teach you a thing or two about whether or not it is alright to fake orgasms (the book says No, hence the man should not skimp on his foreplay), or how to find out if your husband is cheating (by using the ‘information market’- read book to find out more).
All that explained and more is explained clearly in a economic context where the business-minded could relate to in an instant!
The book is actually a compilation of letters from Hartford’s ‘Dear Economist’ column.
Possibly a light read from the falling stock market or simply catching up in a long-haul flight in business class, the book is easy to understand without the need for an MBA.