The Economic Naturalist : Why Economics Explains Almost Everything, Paperback

The Economic Naturalist : Why Economics Explains Almost Everything Paperback

2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Have you ever wondered why there is a light in your fridge but not in your freezer? Or why 24-hour shops bother having locks on their doors? Or why soft drink cans are cylindrical, but milk cartons are square?

The answer is simple: economics. For years, economist Robert Frank has been encouraging his students to ask questions about the conundrums and strange occurrences they encounter in everyday life and to try to explain them using economics.

Now in this bestselling book, he shares the most intriguing - and bizarre - questions and the economic principles that answer them to reveal why many of the most puzzling parts of everyday life actually make perfect (economic) sense.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Integrated b/w drawings and photos
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Economics
  • ISBN: 9780753513385



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not quite as brilliant as Freakonomics and Your Inner Economist is however quite charming because the questions examined come from the uninitiated (Frank's students) and reveal a quite broad range of issues. To me (an uninitiated) the most interesting part of the book was the discussion of the very unexpected places where one find applications of price discrimination and discount theory.

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Most of the explanations seemed trivial or silly. I put it down quickly.