The Economic Naturalist

The Economic Naturalist

In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A guide to the economics seen in every day life reveals the economic principles behind such oddities as why drive-up ATMs have braille on their keypads and why child safety seats are not required on airplanes.

Perseus Publishing
The fascinating and playful guide to how economics explains the simple but profound ideas that govern our world

Why do the keypads on drive-up cash machines have Braille dots? Why are round-trip fares from Orlando to Kansas City higher than those from Kansas City to Orlando? For decades, Robert Frank has been asking his economics students to pose and answer questions like these as a way of learning how economic principles operate in the real world--which they do everywhere, all the time.Once you learn to think like an economist, all kinds of puzzling observations start to make sense. Drive-up ATM keypads have Braille dots because it's cheaper to make the same machine for both drive-up and walk-up locations. Travelers from Kansas City to Orlando pay less because they are usually price-sensitive tourists with many choices of destination, whereas travelers originating from Orlando typically choose Kansas City for specific family or business reasons.The Economic Naturalist employs basic economic principles to answer scores of intriguing questions from everyday life, and, along the way, introduces key ideas such as the cost benefit principle, the "no cash left on the table" principle, and the law of one price. There is no more delightful and painless way of learning these fundamental principles.


Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2007
Description: xiii, 226 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 8790465002177
9780465002177
046500217X
Branch Call Number: 330 Fra

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