Landsburg was an undergraduate at the University of Rochester. Landsburg received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago in Writings and work[ edit ] Commentary and opinions[ edit ] Landsburg wrote a column on "everyday economics" for Slate magazine from to In them, Landsburg discussed the national debt , the obesity crisis , payments to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in New Orleans and salary caps in the NFL.
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Published by Free Press ISBN: "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. He knows everything. 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. In More Sex Is Safer Sex, he brings his witty and razor-sharp analysis to the many ways that our individually rational decisions can combine into some truly weird collective results -- and he proposes hilarious and serious ways to fix just about everything.
When you stand up at the ballpark in order to see better, you make a rational decision. When everyone else does it too, the results, of course, are lousy.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg of individual sanity and collective madness. Did you know that some people may actually increase the spread of sexually transmitted diseases when they avoid casual sex? Do you know why tall people earn more money than shorter competitors? Do you know why it makes no sense for you to give charitable donations to more than one organization?
We should encourage people to cut in line at water fountains on hot days. We should let firefighters keep any property they rescue from burning houses. We should encourage more people to act like Scrooge, because misers are just as generous as philanthropists.
We should charge penalties to jurors if they convict a felon who is later exonerated. We should let everyone vote in two congressional districts: their own, and any other one of their choice. We should pay FDA commissioners with shares of pharmaceutical company stocks, and pay our president with a diversified portfolio of real estate from across the country. Why do parents of sons stay married more often than parents who have only daughters?
Why does early motherhood not only correlate with lower income, but actually cause it? Why do we execute murderers but not the authors of vicious computer viruses? The lesson of this fascinating, fun, and endlessly provocative book is twofold: many apparently very odd behaviors have logical explanations, and many apparently logical behaviors make no sense whatsoever.
Steven E. Landsburg writes the popular "Everyday Economics" column in Slate magazine. He has also written a series of columns for Forbes magazine and two economics textbooks. He is a professor of economics at the Unversity of Rochester.
Steven E. Landsburg (1995): The Armchair Economist.
Published by Free Press ISBN: "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. He knows everything. Everything is determined by our values.