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The Business Economist[T]he novel is eminently readable. And if you did not know anything about how the American system works you would come away from reading it better informed.
— Bethan Marshall
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Stanford University student and Cuban American tennis prodigy Ramon Fernandez is outraged when a nearby mega-store hikes its prices the night of an earth-quake. He crosses paths with provost and economics professor Ruth Lieber when he plans a campus protest against the price-gouging retailer-which is also a major donor to the university. Ruth begins a dialogue with Ramon about prices, prosperity, and innovation and their role in our daily lives. Is Ruth trying to limit the damage from Ramon's protest? Or does she have something altogether different in mind?
As Ramon is thrust into the national spotlight by events beyond the Standford campus, he learns there's more to price hikes than meets the eye, and he is forced to reconsider everything he thought he knew. What is the source of America's high standard of living? What drives entrepreneurs and innovation? What upholds the hidden order that allows us to choose our careers and pursue our passions with so little conflict? How does economic order emerge without anyone being in charge? Ruth gives Ramon and the reader a new appreciation for how our economy works and the wondrous role that the price of everything plays in everyday life.
"The Price of Everything is a must read for anybody interested in how market capitalism works."—Julie Novak, IPA Review
1 Thinking Outside the Box 1
2 Out of Control 7
3 Birds of a Feather 17
4 Inconceivable 29
5 Leaning on the Gardener 52
6 Mea Culpa 64
7 The Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs 77
8 A Night in the Cemetery 104
9 The Price of Everything 115
10 No Host No Problem 129
11 The Weaver of Dreams 150
12 A Wild and Precious Life 166
13 How's It Going to End? 174
Sources and Further Reading 191