Economyths: Ten Ways Economics Gets It Wrong

Economyths: Ten Ways Economics Gets It Wrong

by David Orrell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470677933
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/23/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Orrell is an applied mathematician and author of popular science books. He studies mathematics at the University of Alberta, and obtained his Ph.D. from Oxford University on the prediction of nonlinear systems. His work in applied mathematics and complex systems research has since led him to diverse areas such as weather forecasting, economics, and cancer biology.

His books Apollo's Arrow: The Science of Prediction and the Future of Everything (published in the US as The Future of Everything: The Science of Prediction), and The Other Side of the Coin: The Emerging Vision of Economics and Our Place in The World, have appeared on local and national bestseller lists in Canada. He has also published scientific research papers for peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from systems biology (in Nature Genetics) to systems economics (International Journal of Forecasting).

Orrell has been a guest on national shows including Coast to Coast AM, NPR, BBC radio, and CBC TV, and his work has been featured in print media such as New Scientist, World Finance,   Adbuster, and the Financial Times. He lives in Oxford, England, with his wife and daughter. Keep up with David online at and

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The anarchic economy 9

Chapter 2 The connected economy 27

Chapter 3 The unstable economy 47

Chapter 4 The extreme economy 67

Chapter 5 The emotional economy 95

Chapter 6 The gendered economy 119

Chapter 7 The unfair economy 149

Chapter 8 The over-sized economy 175

Chapter 9 The unhappy economy 199

Chapter 10 The good economy 217

Notes 239

Resources 269

Acknowledgements 272

Index 273

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