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Author Fisman, Raymond, author.

Title The inner lives of markets : how people shape them--and they shape us / Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan.

Publication Info. New York : PublicAffairs, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  381 FIS    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  330.122 F542I    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description x, 206 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Introduction: Terms of service -- Why people love markets : R.A. Radford's stiff upper lip and the economic organization of POW camps -- The scientific aspirations of economists, and why they matter : how economics came to rule the world -- How one bad lemon ruins the market : that's for me to know and for you to find out (but only when it's too late) -- The power of signals in a world of cheap talk : face tattoos and other signs of hidden qualities -- Building an auction for everything : the tale of the roller-skating economist -- The economics of platforms : is that a market in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? -- Markets without prices : how to find a prom date in seventeen easy steps -- Letting markets work : how a hardcore socialist learned to stop worrying and love the market -- How markets shape us : the making of King Rat.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-197) and index.
Summary " What is a market? To most people it is a shopping center or an abstract space in which stock prices vary minutely. In reality, a market is something much more fundamental to being human, and it affects not just the price of tomatoes but the boundaries of everything we value. Reading the newspapers these days, you could be forgiven for thinking that markets are getting ever more efficient-and better. But as Tim Sullivan and Ray Fisman argue in this insightful book, that view is far from complete. For one thing, efficiency isn't always a good thing-illegal markets are very often more efficient than legal ones, because they are free of concern for laws and human rights. But even more importantly, the chatter about efficiency has obscured a much broader conversation about what kind of economic exchange we actually want. Every regulation, every sticker price, and every sale is part of an ever-changing ecosystem-one that affects us as much as we affect it. By tracing 50 years of economic thought on this subject, Fisman and Sullivan show how markets have evolved-and how we can keep making them better. This leads to fascinating and surprising insights, such as: Why your $10,000 used car is likely to sell for $2,000 or less; Why you should think twice before buying batteries on Amazon; and Why it's essential that healthy people buy medical insurance. In the end, The Inner Lives of Markets argues for a new way of thinking about how you spend your money-it shows that every transaction you make is part of a grand social experiment. We are all guinea pigs running through a lab maze, and the sooner we realize it, the more effectively we can navigate the path we want"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Economics.
Free enterprise.
Consumer behavior.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Microeconomics.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Purchasing & Buying.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Consumer Behavior.
Consumer behavior. (OCoLC)fst00876238
Economics. (OCoLC)fst00902116
Free enterprise. (OCoLC)fst00933866
Markets. (OCoLC)fst01010316
Marktwirtschaft. (DE-588)4037653-9
Verbraucherverhalten. (DE-588)4062644-1
Kaufverhalten. (DE-588)4073331-2
Marktentwicklung. (DE-588)4123713-4
Added Author Sullivan, Tim, 1970- author.
Other Form: Online version: Fisman, Raymond, author. Inner lives of markets First edition. New York : PublicAffairs, [2016] 9781610394932 (DLC) 2016006755
ISBN 9781610394925 (hardback)
1610394925 (hardback)
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