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Posted September 22, 2011
Excited about this book
I just listended to a great podcast on this book between Bob Frank and Russ Roberts (EconTalk). B&N isn't allowing me to include a link, but it is an easy web search.
For full disclosure, I had Professor Frank in graduate business school.
While I disagreeing with Professor Frank often, I believe his discussion on this book is refreshingly new. If the book is half as good as his podcast with Russ Roberts (link above), then I will be pleased. I will write another
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Posted November 20, 2012
An economist¿s eloquent plea for better government
Philosopher Adam Smith himself was skeptical about the real-world results of his “invisible hand,” but you’d never know it by the way modern-day free market fundamentalists try to push every regulation out of the way. As Cornell economist Robert H. Frank notes in his assault on the ideological force field that has blocked much US government action, naturalist Charles Darwin identified the problem: Evolutionary incentives benefit individuals, not groups. Frank uses that insight to argue that government must abridge some personal gains for the greater good. Frank is an economics professor, and his book sometimes falls into a challenging didacticism. But he writes with admirable clarity and verve, and – while his prediction that the world will one day recognize Darwin as the father of economics is perhaps a reach – he has done nothing less than provide a fresh intellectual foundation for progressivism. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends Frank’s treatise to lawmakers, economists, historians and civic-minded professionals who are concerned with the large questions society must tackle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2013
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