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Table of Contents

Introduction
I. What Life is All About
1. The Power of Incentives: How Seat Belts Kill
2. Rational Riddles: Why the Rolling Stones Sell Out
3. Truth or Consequences: How to Split a Check or Choose a Movie
4. The Indifference Principle: Who Cares If the Air Is Clean?
5. The Computer Game of Life: Learning What It's All About
II. Good and Evil
6. Telling Right from Wrong: The Pitfalls of Democracy
7. Why Taxes Are Bad: The Logic of Efficiency
8. Why Prices Are Good: Smith Versus Darwin
9. Of Medicine and Candy, Trains and Sparks: Economics in the Courtroom
III. How to Read the News
10. Choosing Sides in the Drug War: How the Atlantic Monthly Got It Wrong
11. The Mythology of Deficits
12. Sound and Fury: Spurious Wisdom from the Op-Ed Pages
13. How Statistics Lie: Unemployment Can Be Good for You
14. The Policy Vice: Do We Need More Illiterates?
15. Some Modest Proposals: The End of Bipartisanship
IV. How Markets Work
16. Why Popcorn Costs More at the Movies and Why the Obvious Answer Is Wrong
17. Courtship and Collusion: The Mating Game
18. Cursed Winners and Glum Losers: Why Life Is Full of Disappointments
19. Ideas of Interest: Armchair Forecasting
20. Random Walks and Stock Market Prices: A Primer for Investors
21. The Iowa Car Crop
V. The Pitfalls of Science
22. Was Einstein Credible? The Economics of Scientific Method
23. New, Improved Football: How Economists Go Wrong
VI. The Pitfalls of Religion
24. Why I Am Not an Environmentalist: The Science of Economics Versus the Religion of Ecology
Appendix: Notes on Sources
Index

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