The Logic of Life, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Truly eye-opening ...There is almost no situation that Harford cannot dissect with his sharp economist's tools ...economics has never been this cool' NEW STATESMAN If humans are so clever, why do we smoke and gamble, or take drugs, or fall in love?

Is this really rational behaviour? And how come your idiot boss is so overpaid? In fact, the behaviour of even the unlikeliest of individuals - prostitutes, drug addicts, racists and revolutionaries - complies with economic logic, taking into account future costs and benefits, even if we don't quite realise it.

We are rational beings after all.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Economic theory & philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780349120416



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Very good, in a similar vein to his first. I thought there were quite a few interesting ideas and I must say that the length of this book was just right - having just finished it, I'm not so tired of the subject that I don't want to go and have a good think about it!