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Something for Nothing: A Novel (MIT Press)

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David Fox (Ph.D. Economics, Columbia, Visiting Assistant Professor at Kester College, Knittersville, New York) is having a stressful year. He has a temporary position at a small college in a small town miles from everything except Albany. His students have never read Freakonomics. He thinks he is getting the hang of teaching, but a smart and beautiful young woman in his Ec

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 2nd 2011 by The MIT Press (first published August 26th 2011)
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Luis Fernandez
Jul 27, 2015 Luis Fernandez rated it really liked it
"If he got tenure, he would have guaranteed job for life. Of course, if he didn't, he was out on his ass. Up or out. Publish or perish. Live or die." Michael W. Klein
Something for Nothing del profesor Michael Klein, es una novela con un sabor muy especial. Por un lado, al ser yo estudiante del doctorado en economía, me emociono al ser una novela que narra el primer año de un economista recién graduado del doctorado, quien busca estabilidad y la posibilidad de una verdadera carrera académica, y p
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Feb 27, 2013 Lara Dolecek rated it really liked it
Look no further if you are in the mood for a quick-read novel where the protagonist is an assistant professor looking for a tenure track position. Romance, stress, drama and plethora of oh-so-true academic references.
Sam Marshall
Jul 27, 2015 Sam Marshall rated it it was ok
An academic thriller? No, a sad story about an unsuccessful economist who fails to do anything right. Interestingly, his immorality is juxtaposed with the immorality of a cultish christian 'think tank' (although not really) leader. Eventually, David, fails to be successful at anything and on the brink of major catastrophe suddenly his slides are re-written mid-seminar to convey the correct results from an econometric method that he didn't create (yet this doesn't stop him from taking credit for ...more
Jill Finger Gibson
Nov 02, 2011 Jill Finger Gibson rated it it was ok
First of all disclosure: I took econ with the author in grad school (he was a good prof, I was an average student). So I bought the book more out of curiosity than interest in the book itself. The story was entertaining but felt a bit Philip Roth wannabe, and some of the writing was a bit cringeworthy (eg "he admired her very nice ass"). Might make a good movie scripted by Aaron Sorkin, but not a great novel. Still, if you like economics and want to see how an econ prof might apply economic ...more
Nov 28, 2011 Converse rated it liked it
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A novel about an economist who upon getting his first teaching position after graduate school faces a moral dilemma. He, eventually, faces up to it. Also nicely describes the obsessiveness that overcomes those who stick through graduate school.
Jul 01, 2012 Barbara is currently reading it
This is actually rather close to home for a recent recipient of a doctorate. I am having trouble reading it because it does hit close to home, although it may be a good cautionary tale ...
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Oct 22, 2012 Greg Howard rated it liked it
Don't read this book if you think you might ever want to go into an economics PhD program. Surprisingly well-written for an econ professor, though.
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An entertaining novel that also offers an interesting view into the world of economics and the pursuit of a tenure-track teaching position.
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