The Undercover Economist

  • by Tim Harford
  • Narrated by Cameron Stewart
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult getting a foot on the property ladder, or how to outwit Starbucks? This audiobook offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford reveals how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains, to name just a few, are vacuuming money from our wallets. Written with a light, humorous touch but backed up by the latest economic research, this eye-opening book exposes the forces that shape our day-to-day lives, often without our knowing it.


What the Critics Say

"A playful guide to the economics of everyday life, and as such is something of an elder sibling to Steven Levitt's wild child, the hugely successful Freakonomics." (The Economist)
"This is a book to savour." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Better than Feakonomics - more in depth

I have come to the world of Economics like many people via the route of Freakonmics. As much as I enjoyed Freakonomics I felt there was a very small amount of (admittedly excellent) content spread over a longer book.

This book is different. The author sometimes takes a while setting the scene but this all adds to the understanding of the principles he is explaining. I can honestly say that my understanding of the world is greater having listened to this book. The narration is fine, with a pleasant english voice that doesn't grip you but at the same time does not become tiresome.

I would certainly purchase another book by this author
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- Roy


Loved it. I had read the book a few years ago and found that the audio was even more engaging. Lots of really useful and easy to understand examples given to explain complex concepts.
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- Michael Doherty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK