Dear Undercover Economist

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Dear Undercover Economist

Priceless Advice on Money, Work, Sex, Kids, and Life's Other Challenges

By Tim Harford

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812980103, 226pp.

Publication Date: August 25, 2009


Throughout history, great philosophers have been answering profound questions about life. But do they know why your socks keep disappearing from the dryer, or how to choose the quickest line at the supermarket? Probably not, but Tim Harford does. . . .

In Dear Undercover Economist
, the first collection of his wildly popular Financial Times columns, Tim Harford offers witty, charming, and at times caustic answers to our most pressing concerns–all through the lens of economics. Does money buy happiness? Is “the one” really out there? Can cities be greener than farms? Can you really “dress for success”? When’s the best time to settle down? Harford provides brilliant, hilarious, unexpected, and wise answers to these and other questions. Arranged by topic, easy to read, and hard to put down, Dear Undercover Economist lends an outrageous, compassionate, and indispensable perspective on anything that may irk or ail you–a book well worth the investment.

About the Author
Tim Harford is the author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life and a member of the editorial board of the "Financial Times, " where he also writes the "Dear Economist" column. He is a regular contributor to "Slate, Forbes, " and NPR's "Marketplace." He was the host of the BBC TV series "Trust Me, I'm an Economist "and now presents the BBC series "More or Less." Harford has been an economist at the World Bank and an economics tutor at Oxford University. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Praise For Dear Undercover Economist

“Harford writes like a dream–and is also one of the leading economic thinkers of his generation.”—David Bodanis, author of Electric Universe