The Price of Everything

The Price of Everything

Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do

Book - 2011
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This book starts with a simple premise: there is a price behind each choice that we make, whether we're deciding to have a baby, drive a car, or buy a book. We often fail to appreciate just how critical prices are as motivating forces shaping our lives, but their power becomes clear when distorted prices steer our decisions the wrong way. Eduardo Porter takes us on a global economic adventure, from comparing the relative prices of a vote in corrupt São Tomé and in the ostensibly aboveboard United States to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life. He weaves together the constant--and often unconscious--cost and value assessments we all make every day. While exploring the story behind the price of everything from marriage and death to mattresses and horsemeat, Porter draws unexpected connections that bridge a wide range of disciplines and cultures.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio Penguin, c2011
ISBN: 9781591843627
1591843626
Branch Call Number: 338.5 Porter
338.5 Porter
Characteristics: viii, 296 p. ; 24 cm

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Jan 09, 2013

This book offers a variety of explanations for differences in cultures and ideologies through delving into their corroborating incentives It has more than enough wit to keep you entertained even when you might disagree with the subject matter.

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eastvanbookfan
Apr 16, 2011

Enjoyed completing this book cover to cover. Will check out future titles should this author choose to write on another topic.

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