Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > The Undercover Economist
by Tim Harford (Goodreads Author)
Harford exposes the dark underbelly of capitalism in Undercover Economist. Compared with Steven Levitt's and Stephen J. Dubner's popular Freakonomics (*** July/Aug 2005), the book uses simple, playful examples (written in plain English) to elucidate complex economic theories. Critics agree that the book will grip readers interested in understanding free-market forces but disagree about Harford's approach. Some thought the author mastered the small ideas while keeping in sight the larger context of globalization; others faulted Harford for failing to criticize certain economic theories and to ground his arguments in political, organizational structures. Either way, his case studies__some entertaining, others indicative of times to come__will make you think twice about that cup of coffee.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.