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Fair Play has ratings and 14 reviews. In co-operation with his daughter, the author of this text sets out to demystify the laws of supply and demand. “Should be required reading for every high school senior, politician and newspaper editor. The quality of your own thinking, and your ability to detect faulty. Chapter Two. of. Fair Play. by. Steven E. Landsburg. What Cayley Knows. Nearly every economist in America is appalled by Pat Buchanan’s revival of.

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Such illusions ought to be shattered, and talking to a child is an excellent way to shatter them.


He meditates on the role of authority in our lives, the effects of cultural bias, and why it’s important to read poetry to your children. Landsurg doesn’t try to convince the reader that his conclusions are correct so much as challenge the reader to think in economic terms. The Wisdom of Finance: He has expounded basic economic principles with wit and verve.

The quality of your own thinking, and your ability to detect faulty logic, will be honed by Landsburg’s entertaining discourse. They weren’t built into my instincts. But he rightly points out that even the best-intentioned environmental lesson often consists simply of memorizing the number of acres of rainforest lost, rather than a more complex analysis of land use.

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My daughter thinks that stinks. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Today’s larger houses provide more storage space in the pantry.

There was a problem adding your email address. As would Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. In the classroom I talk abstractly about the advantages of writing an enforceable contract; in the living room I talk concretely about why Cayley’s friend Jessica doesn’t like her to change the rules of checkers in the middle of a game.

Forget all that stuff about how much it costs American consumers to save the job of an American worker. Economics is the science lndsburg tolerance. Is it because women feel a greater obligation to continue caring for their offspring?

Those of us who teach for a living know that you never really understand a difficult idea until you’ve explained it to a student. Customers who viewed this item also dair. In other words, we want to ask: Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s helped me to take better care of both of us. As it also happens, there might be an economic argument for assuming the gains to new immigrants are negligible anyway.

Fair Play: What Your Child Can Teach You About Economics, Values, and the Meaning of Life

Landsburg received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago in Milton Friedman An fxir and highly original presentation of some central principles of economics for the proverbial Everyman.

As atheist economist Steven Landsburg puts it: When the worker earns a dollar less, the capitalist must earn a dollar more.


This outcome, in obvious violation of common sense, is then evidence against the second principle. Adults who want to believe otherwise must resort to extremes of sophistry that are not accessible to elementary schoolers. More Sex Is Safer Sex: He makes the best possible philosophical cases for and against progressive taxation, and weighs them against the wisdom of the playground.

Landsburg is also an outspoken commentator on economic, legal, and political issues whose comments have sometimes been regarded as controversial. The textbook case for free immigration is very like the ladsburg case for free trade: Sure, I could explain to her how trade makes our family richer. Quotes from Fair Play. I want my students to think hard about those choices; I want my daughter to think hard about them too.

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Economics Takes a Holiday. Now Landsburg returns to address fundamental issues like fairness, tolerance, Joe Queenan The Wall Street Journal Witty economists are about as easy llandsburg find as anorexic mezzo-sopranos, natty mujahedeen, and cheerful Philadelphians.

I teach a freshman honors seminar in economics. Thank God my nine-year-old knows better.

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