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4.0 out of 5 stars A book EVERYONE should read at least once!
While I don't personally like how the author chooses to accept altruism and the general notion of the "greater good" in his arguments, I absolutely love the economic side of all of his arguments. If it were purely a book about how economics works without delving into the author's moral point of view, I would have given it 5 stars.

To reiterate the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overly Simplistic and rightist view of ecomonics
Frankly anyone who has taken introduction to college economics will find this book redundant, oversimplified and dull. His explanation of why poor countries are poor is valid (cites corruption as a major cause) but ignores other important factors such as post-colonialism, agricultural subsidies, geopolitics and debt.

If you have actually been to university I...
Published on Nov. 21 2007 by Rebecca Wilkinson


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4.0 out of 5 stars A book EVERYONE should read at least once!, March 25 2013
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This review is from: The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! (Paperback)
While I don't personally like how the author chooses to accept altruism and the general notion of the "greater good" in his arguments, I absolutely love the economic side of all of his arguments. If it were purely a book about how economics works without delving into the author's moral point of view, I would have given it 5 stars.

To reiterate the heading of my review: This book is a must-read for everyone -- especially those who haven't formally studied economics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Economic Principles Applied to Real Life, Nov. 2 2008
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This review is from: The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! (Paperback)
The science behind this book is, in the end, a dumbed-down version of what you would learn in Economics 1 at any college or university. The author explains basic principals such as externalities and Adam Smith's "unseen hand"; there are no break-through insights here.

On the other hand, this is no college textbook. It is much more fun to read and much more accessible. There are no formulas or math. The concepts are explained in simple English, and then immediately applied to everyday life situations such as the price of coffee at Starbucks, health care and traffic. Whether or not you know anything about economics, you won't be bored.

Most importantly, this book helps people think in rational terms about hot-button issues like free trade and the environment. The author has his own views -- we all do -- but his approach to issues is rational. He encourages us to think critically, rather than simply reacting emotionally. For that reason, if no other, this is a worthwhile book and the world would be a better place if everyone read it.

Note: my undergraduate degree is in economics, although that was a long time ago and I have not studied economics, nor used it in my job, for about 20 years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining yet educatiive, Oct. 6 2010
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This review is from: The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! (Paperback)
The author manages to make the subject easy and entertaining. I actually enjoyed every chapter of the book. An interesting point of view on many important (and less important but very common) facts about our society.
Definitely recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overly Simplistic and rightist view of ecomonics, Nov. 21 2007
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This review is from: The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! (Paperback)
Frankly anyone who has taken introduction to college economics will find this book redundant, oversimplified and dull. His explanation of why poor countries are poor is valid (cites corruption as a major cause) but ignores other important factors such as post-colonialism, agricultural subsidies, geopolitics and debt.

If you have actually been to university I suggest you skip this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An undergrad view of economics, Sept. 20 2008
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Gord McKenna (Vancouver, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! (Paperback)
Alas, I had to stop reading part way through -- the book is merely a collection of undergraduate thought experiments regarding eocnomics of everyday activities -- a bunch of just-so stories. Quite a lot of the conclusions are probably wrong, all are simplistic, and all are unsupported.
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