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Can You Outsmart an Economist?: 100+ Puzzles to Train Your Brain

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“Will delight and inform anyone who enjoys rigorous thinking and the unexpected conclusions it delivers.” — Jamie Whyte, author of Crimes Against Logic

“This ingenious gallop through the mind of Steven Landsburg enables you to think like an economist without incurring a Keynesian headache or a huge student loan. You may even end up ‘smarter than Google.’ But you will not r
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Mariner Books
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Fenn
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very cool collection of puzzles, most of which might thwart you. But even when the answer eludes you, the answers are a lot of fun to read (and slap your forehead over.) The real prize of the collection though is that the puzzles are arranged to illuminate real world economic points. Instead of reading a few pages of text with maybe one example, by working your way through the collection you are working several examples yourself and the points really stick.
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Doug Cornelius
A great book to help you think about data, economics, trade, statistics and causality. No. I couldn't outsmart the questions. I pulled a low C.
Jens Fiederer
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun...tough puzzles, but worth it for the insights even if you are not PRIMARILY a puzzle lover

I'm a reader of his blog and have bought other books by him, so not much of a surprise here. Crown piece was probably the explanation of averages of ratios, including that puzzle where families kept having children until they had a boy...
Alex Song
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fine.

Prefer Martin Gardner's classics.
Sheri Radford
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Clearly I'm not smart enough to outsmart an economist, because several of the explanations in this book made no sense to me, even when I read them twice.
Ronald J.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Landsburg is one of my favorite economists, and writers. He's taught me a ton over the years. As he writes here, economics is a collection of intellectual tools for seeing beyond the obvious. This is a collection of puzzles that contain many lessons about the perils of statistics, trade, risk, tradeoffs (which is what economics is also all about), among many other lessons. Some you've probably seen before, many I had not. Some are incredibly difficult, but as with everything Landsburg wri ...more
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