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More Sex Is Safer Sex : The Unconventional Wisdom Of Economics - Steven E. Landsburg

More Sex Is Safer Sex

The Unconventional Wisdom Of Economics

Paperback Published: 1st April 2008
ISBN: 9781416532224
Number Of Pages: 288

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A witty and razor-sharp look at the many ways our individually rational decisions can combine into some truly weird collective results—and some hilarious and serious ways to fix just about everything.

Economics is no longer the “dismal science” dreaded by college freshmen. In recent years, a band of economists has broken away from the charts and graphs of college textbooks, and begun to explain ordinary behavior in plain and often entertaining English. Steve Landsburg was one of the first of the new breed, in his book The Armchair Economist and long-running “Everyday Economics” column in Slate magazine. Now he is back, and more provocative than ever.

In More Sex Is Safer Sex, Landsburg shows how the rational behavior of each one of us—when combined together—produces the often bizarre, seemingly irrational behavior of crowds. We all stand up at the ballpark, so none of us can see. We avoid casual sex, from fear of disease, and we thereby make sex more dangerous. Things really get interesting when Landsburg suggests ways to change the rules, and game the system. Why not charge juries if a convicted felon is exonerated? Why not have each member of Congress represent a national subset of voters, chosen alphabetically? Why not solve the “overpopulation” problem by having more children, who will help think of ways to improve our use of resources?

More Sex Is Safer Sex will make you laugh and argue—and it will make you think about the world around you in new and unforgettable ways.

"Steve Landsburg proves once again that he is better than anyone else at making economics interesting to noneconomists. Landsburg is provocative and playful in his mission to demonstrate how an understanding of economics will change the way you live your daily life. I loved this book." -- Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics
"Long before the 'pop economists' there was Steven Landsburg, writing funny, jargon-free, shocking, and true essays on our material circumstances. But Landsburg knows something that other authors of bestsellers on the subject don't. He knows everything. Economics is not the study of money; it's the study of value. Everything is determined by our values. The science of everything is what economics is. And here, in More Sex, what the reader will find is -- everything." -- P. J. O'Rourke
"Steve Landsburg is one of my favorite economics writers, and his new book is no exception. While I don't always agree with him, he usually gets me thinking, and he always entertains." -- Greg Mankiw, former Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and author of Principles of Economics

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface: Unconventional Wisdomp. xi
The Communal Streamp. 1
More Sex Is Safer Sexp. 9
Addendump. 18
Be Fruitful and Multiplyp. 25
What I Like About Scroogep. 43
Who's the Fairest of Them All?p. 51
Children at Workp. 65
How to Fix Everythingp. 69
How to Fix Politicsp. 75
How to Fix the Justice Systemp. 83
How to Fix Everything Elsep. 105
How to Fight Firesp. 109
How to Fight Crimep. 111
How to Prevent Accidentsp. 115
How to Fight Pollutionp. 118
How to Solve the Kidney Shortagep. 120
How to Fight Grade Inflationp. 121
How to Shorten Waiting Linesp. 125
Everyday Economicsp. 129
Go Figurep. 133
Oh No! It's a Girl!p. 145
The High Price of Motherhoodp. 153
The Big Questionsp. 157
Giving Your Allp. 161
A Defense of Pure Reasonp. 173
The Central Banker of the Soulp. 177
How to Read the Newsp. 191
Racial Profilingp. 191
Disaster Reliefp. 195
The Sack of Baghdadp. 197
Global Warming, Local Crowdingp. 200
My Barnes and Noble Trade Deficitp. 203
An Outsourcing Fablep. 205
The New Racismp. 208
Matters of Life and Deathp. 211
Things That Make Me Squirmp. 229
Appendixp. 249
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9781416532224
ISBN-10: 1416532226
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1