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novel ideas, with concrete examples,
great explanation of some key economic concepts.
well crafted narration with analogies and stories to solidify the concepts.
how to improve:
its very clearly left focused, a little less political bias would make for a more centrist adoption of the ideas.
many of the ideas are far removed from what is practical to implement without a serious shift in ideology which makes this more of an academic discussion rather than a how-to.
its an important read, but I think most people already agree that the academics already favor many of the concepts, the key is how do we get this message across to the rest of the population so that we can move forward in this country.
The essays are interesting, but repetitive. This book works best in short bursts rather than a long drive or commute.
I read about 50 books each year.
Robert Frank writes with clarity and insight about all aspects of our economy, including risk, consumer spending, taxes, wealth, and healthcare reform. Some of Robert Frank's most fascinating analyses concerns consumer spending and the effect of relative income. He explains in simple, non-economic terms why people are incurring excessive debt to buy luxury vehicles and oversized homes. Anyone interested in understanding our economy as well as whether legislative proposals are effective in acheiving the desired result will find this book to be highly enjoyable and educational.
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