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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist

Discover Your Inner Economist Use Incentives to Fall in Love Survive Your Next Meeting and Motivate Your Den tist In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America s most respected economists presents a quirky incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage of

  • Title: Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist
  • Author: Tyler Cowen
  • ISBN: 9780525950257
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage often when you least expect it to be relevant Like no other economist, Tyler Cowen shows how economic notions such as incentives, signals, and markets apply far widelyIn Discover Your Inner Economist one of America s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage often when you least expect it to be relevant Like no other economist, Tyler Cowen shows how economic notions such as incentives, signals, and markets apply far widely than merely to the decisions of social planners, governments, and big business What does economic theory say about ordering from a menu Or attracting the right mate Or controlling people who talk too much in meetings Or dealing with your dentist With a wryly amusing voice, in chapters such as How to Control the World, The Basics and How to Control the World, Knowing When to Stop Cowen reveals the hidden economic patterns behind everyday situations so you can get of what you really want Readers will also gain less selfish insights into how to be a good partner, neighbor and even citizen of the world For instance, what is the best way to give to charity The chapter title How to Save the World More Christmas Presents Won t Help makes a point that is every bit as personal as it is global Incentives are at the core of an economic approach to the world, but they don t just come in cash In fact, money can be a disincentive Cowen shows why, for example, it doesn t work to pay your kids to do the dishes Other kinds of incentives like making sure family members know they will be admired if they respect you can work Another non monetary incentive Try having everyone stand up in your next meeting if you don t want anyone to drone on Deeply felt incentives like pride in one s work or a passing smile from a loved one, can be the most powerful of all, even while they operate alongside mundane rewards such as money and free food Discover Your Inner Economist is an introduction to the science of economics that shows it to be built on notions that are already within all of us While the implications of those ideas lead to Cowen s often counterintuitive advice, their wisdom is presented in ordinary examples taken from home life, work life, and even vacation life How do you get a good guide in a Moroccan bazaar

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    1. David on said:

      I enjoyed this book immensely! The title is very misleading--it is not about economics from a sociology perspective, but about applying rational, logical thinking to everyday (and not so-everyday) situations. In this book, Tyler Cowen describes how one might better enjoy going to an art gallery. In each room in the gallery, pretend to be an art thief--choose the single art object that you would prefer to own yourself, above all others. Think critically about why you would prefer it. Cowen descri [...]

    2. Terrie on said:

      What a thorough disappointment. I love books in this genre, so I was really surprised not to enjoy this one. The writing and subject matter was very ADD, jumping all over the place. The only chapter that really tied to economics was the penultimate on charitable giving. No real insights here.

    3. Julie on said:

      Well, I thought this was going to tell me how to use incentives on _myself_ to get me to do the things I should be doing. And it was disappointing in that it did not tell me how to do that. I can't say it really did too much of what the subtitle said either. How to motivate your dentist? Compliment them on a job well done, and give them Christmas presents.I think the author revealed far more about himself than he did about economics. He takes pride in seeing like 40 movies a year, and walking ou [...]

    4. Milad on said:

      I’ve seen some reviewers lament that this book is a disorganized hodgepodge of random topics that reads more like a collection of blog posts than a book. I can’t really deny that. That said, I’d argue the following themes run throughout: (1) a response to economists who treat people like utility maximizing robots and try to infect every facet of human life with markets (2) an exploration of signaling and self-deception (3) self-help advice.This book is, partially, a reaction to other pop e [...]

    5. Carl on said:

      This is the closest thing to economics-as-organizing-life-philosophy that I've read. It was particularly validating to read a book written by somone who obviously thinks about the seemingly trivial (tipping, gift giving, consumption of culture, what to eat in restaurants vs what to make at home) as analytically as I feel I do. There are some bold ideas to be found in here to be sure and I'm going to keep this book at eye level on my bookshelf because I know I will want to reread a chapter at a t [...]

    6. Elyssa on said:

      I chose to read this book after reading a review of it in New York magazine. I was hoping for more, but I appreciated the book's overall premise and did learn a few new concepts. Most interesting was learning what truly gratifies people (it's not money), how to best enjoy culture, how to order from restuarants, the power of self-deception, and how to be a better altruist. The book meanders and seems to lack a solid structure. It wasn't hard to follow, but I found it annoying. In the end, my "inn [...]

    7. Cathy on said:

      First, in the interest of full disclosure, I didn't finish this book. Tyler Cowen is apparently attempting to emulate the success of books like "Blink" and "Freakonomics" but in my opinion, fails miserably. It's apparent that the author only wants to tell us about how wonderful he is using examples from his life whereever possible. When he boasted about only finishing-at most-one book of every ten he picks up, I took that as permission to stop wasting my time with this tiresome braggart and let [...]

    8. Jeremy on said:

      The subtitle of the book is quite misleading. There are maybe two sentences about motivating your dentist. The bulk of the book focused on self-improvement through culture: art, music, cuisine and literature. It did contain some pretty radical ideas worth thinking about, and I laughed most of the way through. Apparently the author only finishes about 10% of the books he starts, but he argues that this is okay because it means that at any given moment he feels like he’s reading the best possibl [...]

    9. Catherine Gillespie on said:

      Tyler Cowen’s book Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist didn’t teach me anything new about love, meetings, or manipulating my dentist, but it was an interesting manifesto of sorts. Since the book was written by an economist, his musings on various facets of life have a sort of econ feel, even if I didn’t really find it to be all that life-changing.Cowen is interested in the various sorts of incentives we use and [...]

    10. jlf on said:

      Eh I think I've read too many books like this recently, so this one was just kind of meh. Given that I look at Marginal Revolution a few times a day, nothing that I read was especially novel. Also, since I am a completely different sort of person than Tyler Cowen, I had very little interest in a good chunk of the book. I have no interest in becoming a "cultural billionaire"-- while I am not proud of being a Philistine, I'm pretty comfortable with who i am, and I am the sort of person who has no [...]

    11. Debbie on said:

      Cowen seems more eager to show us just how awesome and worldly he is than to help us discover our inner economist (not to mention that the title is overly self-help-y).Then I reached this paragraph:"When should we finish a book we have started?Is this book the best possible book I can be reading right now, of all the books in the world?Whatever is that best possible book to be reading, I am willing to buy it or otherwise track it down. Most other books don't make the cut."Sorry Mr. Cowen, but yo [...]

    12. Ezra on said:

      Only 80 pages in and I strongly disagreed with 5 assumptions, methods, and conclusions. Not as interesting as assumed it would be I when bought it. I wanted a book on how to think. Instead I got a random collection anecdotes on how to live which seemed severely flawed.

    13. Josh on said:

      This book looks great, like "Freakonomics" only with a more How-To bent. Too bad I'm so cheap that I'll have to wait until it comes out in paperback.

    14. Tim Watts on said:

      “Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist”, Tyler CowenAugust 24th, 2009 · Economics, Non-FictionSynopsis: The greatest economics writer in the blogosphere switches medium to offer an extended treatise on the use of economic principles to improve the non-economic aspects of your life. Utility is maximised.My Take: Tyler Cowen’s blog, Marginal Revolution, is hands down one of the best blogs on the ‘net. Not becaus [...]

    15. John Breeden on said:

      Cowen took what would've been a wonderful essay on the importance of incentives in economic decision making and daily rational thought, then attempted to transform it into an easy bestseller. The content was very repetitive and anecdotal. There are certainly some great ideas and perspective to be gained but it's covered in a myriad of unnecessary thought experiments.

    16. Jane Dugger on said:

      This was interesting and thoughtful but not as much I as I had hoped.

    17. Imrul Hasan on said:

      The title is very misleading. This book is more about social and marketing perspective. Only few chapters are interesting but others are pretty boring and I had to skip those.

    18. Justin Tapp on said:

      This is one of the few non-ebooks that I have left, which is sad because I would have liked to have had notes and highlights from this book saved in the Cloud for all posterity.Here is a recent profile on Tyler Cowen in BusinessWeek, which tells you what you need to know about him and this book. Cowen has what my family calls a "mature palate." He has been to over 70 countries and has sampled more food, books, art, and ideas than just about anyone alive. A "cultural billionaire," as he says. (I [...]

    19. Devyn Duffy on said:

      Wow, this book is a dog. It was published in 2007, and maybe it wasn't as far behind its time back then, but it's in the same vein as Freakonomics and others of that genre, minus the economics.Surprisingly for a book written by an economics professor, there is almost zero economics in this book. It promises to show the reader how to apply economic principles to everyday life, but instead it mostly consists of random musings of a guy whose relative wealth has placed him out of touch with society. [...]

    20. Nicholas on said:

      This book covered topics ranging from incentives, faulty memory, self-deception.The best parts were those that covered psychology and not economics.Oh, and don't read fiction books in order.What story is this person trying to tell? About themselves, about the world. What story am I trying to tell? Should I be doing so? could I stop if I wanted to?He did really offend me by misinterpreting and then insulting Neil Strauss.Quotes:"Offer monetary rewards when performance at a task is highly responsi [...]

    21. Richard on said:

      Not a review, but a few gems from the book:Quoting economist Robert Hall as saying "If you haven't ever missed a plane, you spend too much time waiting around in airports.""[W]riters need to invest in a self-image as people who get something done every day, and self-deception helps us achieve that.""Brainstorming sessions are a counterproductive way of spending time.""Encouraging innovation [in medicine] -- a long-term source of immense health gains -- does not give us that same feeling of contr [...]

    22. Deborah Flores on said:

      All in all, it's a fun and fast read. The book jumps around various topics, mostly ones that interest the author. I apparently have somewhat similar tastes, so I enjoyed it, but it might be less engaging for someone with different interests. I liked the section about food stalls and dining and how quirky food options tend to get pushed to the margins due to high rents and other factors - I bet the author is tickled by the gourmet food truck revolution since the book was published. :) I found the [...]

    23. Paul on said:

      This isn't a horrible book, but I don't find it particularly actionable or informative, and it definitely reads like a bunch of fleshed out blog posts stitched together.2.5 stars

    24. Brian on said:

      (2.0) Jumped around so much, disorganizedThere were some interesting topics (see Dave Rubenstein's review for better coverage: /review/show), such as how to pick the restaurant to eat at anywhere in the world, how to select what to order, how to enjoy an art museum, how to give to the poor/charity to maximize impact.But he just jumped around a lot. He sets up a framework to evaluate decisions to make using your "Inner Economist" but then seems to largely abandon them as he goes from topic to top [...]

    25. Thomas on said:

      This book is an odd duck. There's plenty of self-help based on economic theories, but most of it is along the lines of What Would Adam Smith Do?: How to Crush Your Competitors and Make $3 Billion in 3 Days. Unlike the standard airport fare, Cowen spends almost half of the book describing on how an economics professor decides which restaurants to visit. He also considers such instructive questions as, Which kinds of econ profs flaunt their degrees, and which don't? At this point in the review, it [...]

    26. Aichi on said:

      Some good quotes from the book - worth a reread. Will start of with I think the best quote (and the concluding one)."So go ahead, use that Inner Economist to do better for yourself, your friends, and your family. Society depends on it.""1. Start by asking "What is scarce?" Is it time, attention, or in the case of owning a Picasso, money?2. Admit that we don't care as much about culture - at least any particular piece of culture - as we like to think we do. If we force ourselves to enjoy everythi [...]

    27. Patrik on said:

      I decided to re-read Tyler Cowen's book and I liked it more the second time around. As a true economist, Cowen emphasizes incentives in his title and throughout the book - but he applies his economic way of thinking to unusual "markets." This book is thus quite different from, say, the books written by Landsburg, Friedman, and Wheelan - books in which economists apply the power of incentives more traditionally and to more standard problems. Cowen, instead, explicitly argues that our standard eco [...]

    28. Gladstone on said:

      Tyler Cowen é meu econ blogger preferido (Marginal Revolution). Sempre fui induzido a pensar nele em contraposição ao seu colega na George Mason University, Robin Hanson, que também escreve em renomado (e também indicado) blog de nome Overcoming Bias, um physican-and-computer-scientist-turned-social-scientist com idéias bem mais ousadas e um viés claramente futurista e "é realmente possível mudar as pessoas por meio de arranjos institucionais absolutamente inovadores". Como suposto libe [...]

    29. Muriel Fang on said:

      This is Tyler Cowen at his usual good flowing writing. I do find a few topics to be overlapping with other popular books. The example that on converting late-picking up social embarrassment to monetary fines, parents become more prolific in getting late in an Isreali kindergarten. I have read the story in Michael Sandle's book 'What Money Can Not Buy?', Dan Ariely's book on cheating, perhaps in David Brooks' 'Social Animal' and definitely somewhere in the Freakonomics franchise. This is good new [...]

    30. Wellington on said:

      Economists are an odd sort. Though I can understand a lot of their thinking, it's like they're the type of person that make their decisions comparing the lists of pro and cons. The author at least pays heed to this fact and laughs about it.The chapter on sins excited me most. Are there really companies who you could pay to use for an alibi? Yes. Are there companies that you could pa yto be your girlfriend? Yes.But I guess he lost me with the chapter on food. I consider myself an expert on eating [...]

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