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Tim does it again!,
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This review is from: The Logic Of Life: Uncovering the New Economics of Everything (Hardcover)
Tim Harford has again managed to write a book on Economics that I read in a weekend (well Thursday to Saturday, but weekends are stretchy!). Give that I've tried and failed to finish the Black Swan and wasn't really all that impressed with Freakonomics that's a pretty big recommendation.
In this book Harford dwells more on how cities can be more amenable to live in, rational prostitutes and race and sex roles. You can tell he's started a family since the last book as a lot of the topics focus on 'quality of life' issues.
Again underlying the book is that we make rational choices within our limitations and that we respond to incentives with surprising deftness. Other reviewers have been quite critical of this thesis but Harford defends it really well. He explains why if I go to a playgroup with my son why I'm likely to be one of the only men there, why cities end up segregated because of relatively mild preferences and why it's rational under certain circumstance for a prostitute not to use a condom (no really!).
I really enjoy these books, it's just a shame he doesn't write for the Independent (as I'd get to read his weekly column).