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Daniel GrossFrank is the rare economist with a gift for irony. And economic ironies abound in The Economic Naturalist, a collection of nuggets culled from an assignment Frank gives to introductory economics students at Cornell: in 500 words or less, "pose and answer an interesting question about some pattern of events or behavior that you personally have observed." Frank sees this homework as part of an effort to bring more narrative into the teaching of economics and to make intimidated students realize they may already possess a rudimentary grasp of the dismal science…The Economic Naturalist leaves the reader impressed with the insights of amateurs.
—The New York Times