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Economics: the new rock & roll

May 20th, 2008 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

A long article on economics in the Guardian’s G2 section might be expected to be something to be endured, or avoided rather than enjoyed, but the one in today’s paper was far too brief: just as I was hooked it ended.  I liked the idea of a stage invasion at an LSE lecture, and daydreamed a bit about whether there was a mosh pit and stage-diving too.

I thoroughly enjoyed Freakonomics, but just figured Steven Levitt was a one-off, however this Dan Ariely looks like a similar sort of bloke.   I’m sure economics never used to be that interesting when it was all just arguments about monetarism, but this whole behavioral economics business seems to be more about people, incentives and psychology than it is about money.

I have added Predictably Irrational to my Amazon wish list while I wait for it to come out in paperback.

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