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Fair Play has ratings and 14 reviews. In co-operation with his daughter, the author of this text sets out to demystify the laws of supply and demand. “Should be required reading for every high school senior, politician and newspaper editor. The quality of your own thinking, and your ability to detect faulty. Chapter Two. of. Fair Play. by. Steven E. Landsburg. What Cayley Knows. Nearly every economist in America is appalled by Pat Buchanan’s revival of.

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Those tools are, I believe, indispensable for anyone who wants to think seriously about genuinely subtle issues of economic justice. You have to get down to basics.

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The big losers are those Americans fsir value their jobs highly enough to keep them and absorb the full impact of the wage cut.

But nine-year-olds are quite self-centered enough; it’s their concern for others that needs gentle encouragement. On the first day of class, I ask my students to tell me why today’s grocery shoppers demand larger carts than their parents did thirty years ago.

I probably would have liked this book better had the author not adopted such a smug attitude of moral and intellectual superiority. Landsburg writes the popular “Everyday Economics” column in Slate magazine. English Choose a language for shopping.

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Today’s working women can’t shop every week the way their mothers did; they or their husbands must stock up more on each infrequent trip. I mean that seriously, by the way: From this they deduce — correctly — that a national refusal to trade is a national refusal to prosper.


Even Wal-Mart managers are likely to have learned that truth in childhood. The moral, of course, is that inexpensive cars are a good thing, and equally a good thing whether we acquire them with technology or by trade.

Product details File Size: Economics breeds not just tolerance but plaj. It wasn’t America, or at best it was only a small and unrepresentative piece of America. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But in addition to being futile, that would have been shirking my parental responsibility for Cayley’s moral development.

Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! The appeal to self-interest I can understand, but the appeal to ethical principles makes no sense. All of it is important. Learn more about Amazon Prime. It was a year when every major candidate wanted to increase the size and scope of government. Hammad Gull rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Guaranteed to puncture some illusions and to make you think. Now Landsburg returns to address fundamental issues like fairness, tolerance, morality and justice—issues that are as important on the playground as they are in the marketplace.

Parents — at least the kind of parents who encourage the lively exchange of ideas among family members — have ample opportunity to feel the same kind of joy. Most economists — including me — do believe that cost-benefit analyses are relevant to policy, and most economics textbooks contain some qualified defense of that relevance.

His analysis of minimum wage laws is clever and principled and nothing lxndsburg you’ve ever heard before. Landsburg received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago in Wal-Mart does not always succeed, admit the signs; sometimes they’re very eager to carry an item that’s not easily available except from abroad.


June 21, Sold by: Ask how parents ,andsburg about children who forcibly “redistribute” other children’s toys. Thank God my nine-year-old knows better. Jensen Afir Cleveland Plain Dealer Lzndsburg Armchair Economist is a wonderful little book, written by someone for whom English is a first and beloved language, and it contains not a single graph or equation Retrieved from ” https: Feivel Mousekewitz was pressed into service in a sweatshop, chained to a sewing machine.

But this is more than a book about economics. By insisting that fairness can’t mean one thing for children and another for adults, Landsburg shows that the instincts of the parent have profound consequences for economic justice. Is it because working mothers provide such good role models that their children can make it on their own without a large inheritance?

Sure, I could explain to her how trade makes our family richer. John rated it it was amazing Jan 08, And all of it is far beyond the grasp of any child and of many adults. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Today’s wealthier families serve a greater variety of dishes at each meal.

Forget all that stuff about how much it costs American consumers to save the job of an American tair. He meditates on the role of authority in our lives, the effects of cultural bias, and why it’s important to read poetry to your children.