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.

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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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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

Good start

The first part of this book is great. I really loved it. A good education on basic economics. As the book progresses its ambition is too grand for the strength of its conclusions. I think it would have been useful for the author to consider not just failing method of societies protecting a ruling elite or failed political systems, but to consider more how to avoid the sweatshop (his favourite example) stage of free trade altogether... and all of the other manifestations of free trade that make life so unfair for some.
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- Chris W.

Book Details

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