Economics of Special Subjects
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Paperback      ISBN: 0061245135
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an econo-mist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of . . . well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan. What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and—if the right questions are asked—is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Paperback      ISBN: 0060731338
Takes an unconventional look at how the economy really works, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what really matters and what really drives the economy, in an edition than includes a new preface, additional material, and a Q&A with the author and Stephen Dubner. 500,000 first printing. Original.
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Hardcover      ISBN: 006073132x
Takes an unconventional look at how the economy really works, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what really matters and what really drives the economy.
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor
Paperback      ISBN: 0393318885
A study of the world's growing gulf between rich and poor explains why Western European nations have been the wealthiest, prospering through open societies, new technologies, and the pursuit of change
Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism
Democracy’s Detectives
The Economics of Investigative Journalism
Paperback      ISBN: 0674986814
Winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Winner of the Tankard Book Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Winner of the Frank Luther Mott

Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love
Dollars and Sex
How Economics Influences Sex and Love
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452109222
Explores the economics of love and sex, applying economic principles to the mysteries of libido, gender, and power.
Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature is at Odds with Economics--and Why it Matters
Free Market Madness
Why Human Nature is at Odds with Economics--and Why it Matters
Hardcover      ISBN: 1422126099
Ubel (medicine and psychology, Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine, U. of Michigan) argues that restricting certain kinds of freedom can help preserve health and well-being. He details the harms of capitalism, which gives consumers too many choices to make bad decisions, and argues for a more restrained market that will help protect people from their nature to overconsume. He discusses problems such as obesity, impulsive behavior, and behaviors like smoking; concepts of rationality, persuasion, and behavioral economics; how society might benefit from soft paternalism; and the problem of free market medical care. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV, and New Media
Hollywood Dealmaking
Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV, and New Media
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1621536580
"I wish I could have had this book when I was starting out in the business. An invaluable reference work." —Alan Poul, Executive Producer, Six Feet Under
The Hollywood Economist Release 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
The Hollywood Economist Release 2.0
The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
Paperback      ISBN: 1612190502
A fully revised edition of the popular guide to Hollywood finances, updated to reflect even newer films and trends A fast-and-dirty guide to the financial world behind the movies, The Hollywood Economist was a surprise hit last year. Now Edward Jay Epstein has updated his look into the dazzlingly complicated economics of Hollywood with The Hollywood Economist 2.0 to include: * The story of MGM: How Sony and Comcast managed to make millions but lost a consortium of hedge funds some $3.7 billion. * The fate of serious fare: How Pay-TV channels like HBO, AMC, and Showtime have figured out how to make money on shows like The Wire, Mad Men, and Big Love, while the Hollywood studios are still catering to teens. * Indie finance in trouble: over the last five years, the largest distributors of indie films have closed. How has this affected the makers of indie films? * The future of Netflix: How the company has found itself competing with the entertainment industry's biggest players (Apple, HBO, and YouTube) and whether it has the resources to compete in the long term. What's more, the book also now includes a practical guide: “What Every Film Student Needs to Know about Hollywood.
Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market
Humanitarian Economics
War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 019049154x
The booming global humanitarian market is worth billions of dollars a year, yet the demand for, and provision of, humanitarian assistance for those affected by wars and disasters rarely if ever converges. In parallel, 'humanitarian economics' has emerged as a new field of study and practice, one that encompasses the economics and political economy of war, disaster, terrorism and humanitarianism. Carbonnier's book is the first to present humanitarian economics to a wider readership, he seeks to define its parameters, explain its utility and convince us why it matters. Among the issues he discusses are: how are emotions and altruism incorporated within a rational-choice framework? How do the economics of war and terrorism inform humanitarians' negotiations with combatants, and shed light on the role of aid in conflict? What do catastrophe bonds and risk-linked securities mean for disaster response? How does the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon illustrate the challenges of assessing needs in an urban, middle-income country environment? What are the pros and cons of opting for cash assistance rather than material aid? As more actors enter the humanitarian marketplace, including private firms, Carbonnier's revealing portrayal is especially timely, as is his critique of the transformative power of crises.