The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity

The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity

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by Russell Roberts
     
 

"A remarkable use of parables and dialogues to convey economic intuitions. This should be mandatory reading for anyone who wants to understand this branch of applied philosophy we call economics."—Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

"This is a great story about human, social, and economic

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"A remarkable use of parables and dialogues to convey economic intuitions. This should be mandatory reading for anyone who wants to understand this branch of applied philosophy we call economics."—Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

"This is a great story about human, social, and economic betterment brought about by the forces of spontaneous coordination. It's also about justice and there's a warm ending. Read and enjoy."—Vernon Smith, Nobel Prize-winning economist

"The Price of Everything illuminates the astonishing economic world we live in. This book could change your life—reading it will give you a sense of wonder about the everyday marvels that are all around us."—Paul Romer, Stanford University

"The Price of Everything is sensationally good fiction and sensationally good economics."—Deirdre N. McCloskey, author of The Bourgeois Virtues

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691143354
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/24/2009
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
313,050
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Russell Roberts is professor of economics at George Mason University, the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Distinguished Scholar at George Mason's Mercatus Center, and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is the author of "The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism" and "The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance".

Table of Contents


Author's Note xi

Chapter 1: Thinking Outside the Box 1

Chapter 2: Out of Control 7

Chapter 3: Birds of a Feather 17

Chapter 4: Inconceivable 29

Chapter 5: Leaning on the Gardener 52

Chapter 6: Mea Culpa 64

Chapter 7: The Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs 77

Chapter 8: A Night in the Cemetery 104

Chapter 9: The Price of Everything 115

Chapter 10: No Host No Problem 129

Chapter 11: The Weaver of Dreams 150

Chapter 12: A Wild and Precious Life 166

Chapter 13: How's It Going to End? 174

Sources and Further Reading 191

Acknowledgments 201

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