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Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday Life

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Witty economists are about as easy to find as anorexic mezzo-sopranos, natty mujahedeen, and cheerful Philadelphians. But Steven E. Landsburg...is one economist who fits the bill. In a wide-ranging, easily digested, unbelievably contrarian survey of everything from why popcorn at movie houses costs so much to why recycling may actually reduce the number of trees on the pla
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Free Press (first published 1993)
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Noudi
Nov 06, 2010 Noudi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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عادةً ما يسعى الإقتصاد الى اثبات فرضياته بالرسوم البيانية والتحليلات المعقدّة .. لكن الامر مختلف مع هذا الكتاب الذي يقدم صور مجازية وقصص قصيرة واضحة وبسيطة الفهم ، وقريبة بالواقع. .

كل فصل من فصوله رحلة لحل لغز ما يستثيرك ويساعدك على فهم العالم بنظرة عالم اقتصاد ذكي وظريف ..

فيخلق الكاتب من خلال تحليلاته العديد من الاستفهامات - حتى ان كنت لم أتفق معه في بعض تحليلاته التي صُدمت وتعجبّتُ منها -، لكن لابأس ..فكم هو رائع أن تستكشف آراء جديدة،غير تقليدية ومختلفة عما ندرُسه في أساسيات الإقتصاد

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Mohamed Al Marzooqi
Aug 07, 2013 Mohamed Al Marzooqi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: إقتصاد
لماذا أدى سن قانون إرتداء حزام الأمان إلى زيادة نسبة حوادث السيارات؟

لماذا تباع الكثير من السلع بسعر . دولار في حين لا يباع سوى القليل جدًا بسعر دولارات؟

لماذا يفضل الناس شراء الهدايا بدلاً من أن يتهادوا بالمال؟

لماذا يقدم البائع التخفيضات للكبار في السن -رغم تمتعهم بمستوى معيشي مرتفع في المتوسط-، ويرفض في المقابل أن يخفض سعر أي سلعة إذا كان المشتري شابًا؟

لماذا يكون سعر كيس الفشار مرتفعًا في السينما مقارنة بسعره خارجها؟

يجيب هذا الكتاب الممتع على هذه الألغاز -وغيرها- بطريقة تدفعك بعد الانتهاء من قر
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Summer
Mar 27, 2007 Summer rated it it was ok
Abysmal, condescending, illogical and mean-spirited book on social economics. Absolutely no sources named for "statistics". The author seems to think that a significant number of people go to the movies solely to eat popcorn and that the benefits of recycling are outweighed by the fact that he doesn't feel like doing it.
عمر الحمادي
كتاب يأخذك في رحلة سياحية في الصعب الممتنع من علم الاقتصاد باسلوب ال"دردشة" مع القارئ غير المتخصص.

يعتبر المؤلف أن الفلسفة الأخلاقية بشكل عام لا تهتم بالنتائج بينما علم الاقتصاد هو فلسفة حقوق يهتم بالنتائج التي تعود عليه بالنفع.

لاحظ آدم سميث - أول علماء الاقتصاد الحديث - أن العاملين في نفس التجارة قلما يلتقون إلا وينتهي الحديث بتدبير مؤامرة ضد عامة الناس أو يؤدي إلى وضع مخطط لرفع الأسعار.

يطرح المؤلف العديد من الألغاز العقلية في علم الاقتصاد فمثلا لماذا يدلي الناس بأصواتهم في الانتخابات مع كون كل
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Tim
Jan 31, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't going to bother commenting on this book but in regard to some of the other comments I feel I must. Those that rated this book a 1 or 2 and then jumped into politically-motivated negative comments - shame on you. You are intellectually dishonest to yourselves and those that read these reviews. There is nothing in this book that pushes a political agenda unlike MOST of the more recent psuedo-economics books being published. What IS presented by Landsburg are sound, economic analysis and d ...more
Sarah Shahid
بعيداً عن الأرقام والمعادلات المعقدة وتفاصيل الرسومات البيانية، يطرح لك لاندسبيرغ أهم مبادئ علم الاقتصاد بأسلوب قصصي وبالعديد من الأمثلة البسيطة والطريفة في نفس الوقت لتنظر بعدها إلى ظواهر الاقتصاد ومسائله بعين عالم الاقتصاد أو "فيلسوف الاقتصاد" الذي يتناول الظواهر لتحليلها أولاً ثم تفسيرها

ومن أهم المبادئ التي خاض في تفصيلها هي:

- مبدأ "الناس يستجيبون للتحفيز" أو ما يعرف بـ"تكلفة الفرصة البديلة" وهو الشائع
- كل السلوكيات الإنسانية عقلانية
- عدم توافر القدر الكافي من المعلومات
-مبدأ الأمور كلها سواء
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raeed zakzouk
لا باس يا ستيفن،محاولة طيبة،لكن الكاتب كان بالنسبة لي ممل جدا جدا،والقصص خيالية خيالية،بحيث ان فكرت في القصة من وجهة نظر ثانية لوجدت انه في كلامه بعض الاخطاء،والنقطة الثانية يا صديقي المترجم كيف تقول بان هذا الكتاب ليس فقط للاقتصاديين؟؟؟اصبت بالاعياء من كثرة المصطلحات الاقتصادية الغير مفهومة بالنسبة لي بطبيعة الحال لست متخصص في الادارة او الاقتصاد...
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Awfa Bostani
Jul 01, 2014 Awfa Bostani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب بسيط ، سهل ، ممتع ، يتكلم في الاقتصاد من منظور الرجل العامي بأسلوب ممتع ..جدا ، ويطرح تساؤلات فلسفية جديدة في الاقتصاد ..

الكتاب خال من الرسوم البيانية والمعادلات المعقدة، لقد نجح الكاتب في تقديم مجموعة من الأفكاروالنظريات الاقتصادية بأسلوب يسهل على غير المتخصصين في علم الاقتصاد استيعابه.
Bruce
Jan 16, 2012 Bruce rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: party hosts seeking conversation starter material
Recommended to my wife as Freakonomics’ better predecessor (Armchair Economist was originally published in 1993), Landsburg describes his work as “a chronicle of what [he] learned at lunch” (p. viii). Now, even granting the University of Rochester economics professor latitude befitting his choice of lunchtime companions, I was heartily disappointed to discover that the text indeed lives down to the author’s own humble description.

The tone is fine; Landsburg is chatty and informally fun. But each
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Tony Cohen
Mar 02, 2008 Tony Cohen rated it liked it
I have to give this book a three since I did learn something, although I really hold it in remarkable contempt. For the first time ever while reading an economics book, I felt like I understood the contempt held for the 'dismal science'.

I feel like delving into this a bit. The author makes a claim that taxes don't add value to a society, because what you take from Peter, you pay to Paul, and in a sense of absolute value, it is true. If I have a million millionaires, who each earn 10 million a y
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Sarazen
Feb 21, 2008 Sarazen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
There are a few books that when you read them they change your perspective on everything. This on one of those books. I did not realize how woefully uneducated I was on how economies work. What was a real insight was how small choices of people can make all the difference. Everyone could benefit from a few turns in these pages.
Allen Martin
Jan 04, 2016 Allen Martin rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, probably because I think like an economist.

I found things I agreed with, things I disagreed with, and several that made me go "huh". In all cases, it made me think, which is why it's worth reading.
AJ H
Mar 03, 2016 AJ H rated it it was amazing
The Armchair Economist was a very revealing and incredibly interesting book on how economics affects our daily lives. I was able to take in a lot of new knowledge from this book, and it really provides excellent descriptions and examples to help you understand concepts and it even teaches you how to apply them to different areas of life. This book proves that economics isn’t just boring numbers and algorithms, but instead it involves a lot of philosophy and theory that doesn’t necessarily requir ...more
Raymond
Apr 25, 2015 Raymond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew Breslin
Aug 22, 2014 Andrew Breslin rated it liked it
My obsession with economics is starting to become a bit of a problem. Here is an example of actual post-coital dialogue between me and my girlfriend:

Me: (after a few merciful moments of blissful silence): One principle difference between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank in the former’s focus on stimulating growth, contrasted with the latter’s anti-inflationary position, as a result of historical and cultural precedents. As such, the ECB tends toward what Americans would view as
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kirmany
May 05, 2015 kirmany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Professor Landsburg extraordinary described the economics involved in our daily life.
I liked the expression - easy questions thinking using economics.
Professor argues that a world run only on an economic basis would turn out bad or good things, but that the good or the bad outcome is minor.
It is obviously true that “A price is attractive not when it is low compared with the past, but when it is low compared with the expected future”.
I think this book will change your point of view on so many th
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Alice Furse
Much like Freakonomics, this book uses a number of case studies to illustrate different points on economics theories and is quite a fun read - however, I would say it goes slightly deeper than Freakonomics as it's slightly more detailed and erudite.

The last chapter, "Why I am Not an Environmentalist" really made me think, as Landsburg outlines the reasons why commonly-held beliefs on the behaviours that help the environment may not be as effective as we think. For example, he says that people t
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Yuan
Jun 13, 2016 Yuan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction-300
The last and only time I had gotten a formal education in economics was in high school. The 2008 election was in progress, and I had just been exposed to Keynesian vs supply side economics as a political issue. I remember asking my teacher: 'well? which is correct?"

Well, it's now 2016, and although actual economic principles and policy seem to have taken a backseat to other hot topic issues, I find myself once again trying to plow through the endless editorials written by well-meaning people an
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Anthea
Dec 22, 2015 Anthea rated it liked it
this book was good until the last chapter "why I am not an environmentalist". overall it was simple to understand and not totally filled with jargon unlike some other economics textbooks. sufficient details with relatable real life scenarios that make it easy to be understood.

however that last chapter was just ..... it just pisses me off seeing that he thinks all these "benefits" outweighs the cost of what we are doing to the environment. smfh. people like him is the reason for global warming.
Peterboh
Aug 26, 2009 Peterboh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It is a good book about how most people fail to apply basic economic principles in their lives. It's tone reminds me of the Black Swan, as author sounds condescending at times.

However, this seems appropriate given the general ignorance of basic economics demonstrated by media and by general public. No book is probably going to change this prevailing ignorance, but it is a worth pursuit.

Regardless, Landsburg presents an interesting material and a book was an enjoyable read.
Connor
Jan 03, 2015 Connor rated it it was ok
Interesting subjects presented but most lacked the critical analysis I was hoping for. The author seemed to oscillate between objective presentation and lecturing from personal opinion. The last chapter on environmentalism was intriguing but ending with the letter to the teacher seemed arbitrary and very ostentatious.
Daniel
Steven Landsburg's writings were my post collegiate introduction to the real value of studying economics. My colleague, Ron Baker, recommended Landsburg and others. I purchased and read the book in almost one sitting. Humorous and well written, he describes much of the why of what we do. Great book. Guaranteed.
E
Aug 29, 2015 E rated it it was amazing
Just a lovely book. People of all shapes and sizes will find things to hate and things to love. Explains and the national debt and budget deficits very well. Skewers the religion of environmentalism. Shows how the "magic" of prices explains so so many elements of economics. Can't recommend this book more highly.
Brian
Aug 08, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Not thrilled about this book. It seems too intangible. The arguments may be interesting in some cases but I didn't find that they translate well enough to reality. I hate to give poor reviews, but given that this is a book focused on concepts about the next best alternative, there are plenty of better alternatives.
Becky Johnston
Read for class, but it just happened to be about a topic I didn't care at all about. Landsburg did not, to me, present a good case for caring about economics. Would recommend if you are interested in the topic; already know a great deal about the topic, but for the casual reader, I would skip it.
Tristia Watson
Sep 01, 2014 Tristia Watson rated it liked it
Reading this book is like listening to your favorite Economics professor share his favorite stories. (If you never had a favorite Economics professor, then Steven Landsburg is your guy.) Not as flashy as the Freakanomics books, but still a good insight into why things work the way they do.
Mohammed Atef
Dec 04, 2015 Mohammed Atef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: اقتصاد
كتاب لغير المتخصصين خالي من الرسومات والاراء المعقدة عبارة عن مواقف يومية يحللها ويصل لنتائج ويبرهن علي رايه والجميل انه يعرفك كيف يفكر رجل الاقتصاد يهدم بعض الخرافات ويوضح لك بعض الاشياء المغلوطة
اعتفد انه لو اردت ان تقرا كتاب في الاقتصاد فانا أرشح لك هذا الكتاب الرائع
Braden Bernards
Jul 20, 2014 Braden Bernards rated it it was ok
Funny and clever like most all "econ for daily life is the savior and you can be smart!" books. But ultimately, its not as nuanced as Freakonomics, and ends up being somewhat sad in its imposing of economic measures onto the bigger questions of daily life.
Tom
Mar 09, 2015 Tom rated it liked it
A thought-provoking book on economics, which I didn't always find agreeable. It's enjoyable, but - in my opinion - should be read critically.
Philip Miles
Feb 01, 2016 Philip Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these "think like an economist" books! I found this particular one to be more thought-provoking than most and highly recommend it.
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