Fair Play has ratings and 14 reviews. In co-operation with his daughter, the author of this text sets out to demystify the laws of supply and demand. “Should be required reading for every high school senior, politician and newspaper editor. The quality of your own thinking, and your ability to detect faulty. Chapter Two. of. Fair Play. by. Steven E. Landsburg. What Cayley Knows. Nearly every economist in America is appalled by Pat Buchanan’s revival of.

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His interactions with his daughter Cayley put a fascinating spin on things as her experiences and actions are filtered through the eyes of an economist. Ask how parents feel about children who forcibly “redistribute” other falr toys. Even Wal-Mart managers are likely to have learned that truth in childhood.

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As it happens, admitting that foreigners are human would only strengthen the argument’s conclusion, so in that faif no harm is done by pretending otherwise. Milton Friedman An ingenious and highly original presentation of some central principles of economics for the proverbial Everyman. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. June 21, Sold by: Consumers were thrilled to playy that the new cars were better and cheaper than anything Detroit had to offer.

Steven Landsburg

Steven Landsburg is extraordinarily gifted both as an economist and as a writer. He meditates on the role of authority in our lives, the effects of cultural bias, the state of elementary education, why it’s important to read poetry to your children, and how to get the most out of life. That’s a conscious echo of Wal-Mart’s own well-advertised policies.


Economists know that trade is the engine of prosperity. He uses parent-child interactions to explain the economics of free trade and immigration, progressive taxation, minimum wages, racial discrimination, and the role of money.

He lives in Rochester, New York. But to care more about strangers who happen to be American than about strangers who happen to be Japanese or Mexican is an expression of the basest and most wrong-headed instincts that a person can have.

This suggests that parents and economists have a lot to teach each other. I cannot imagine any reasonable moral principle that would justify such anotion. He has expounded basic economic principles with wit and verve. He explains why children are a good thing, and why economic theory tells us we don’t have enough of them.

The difference is that, unlike the economists, Cayley is appalled for the right reasons. Lansdburg doesn’t try to convince the reader that his conclusions are correct so much as challenge the reader to think in economic terms.

Be the first to discover new talent! I can only imagine what it must be like to be a part of his lunch group. It’s also about social choices: For instance, he likens restrictions on free international trade to an instance where his child was initially upset at playground trade restrictions.

The entrepreneur built a factory by the sea, surrounded lqndsburg inner workings with secrecy, and commenced production.


They argue — correctly once again — that free trade, like technological progress, might displace some workers but must make Americans wealthier on average. The Myth of the Rational Voter: Mario Gutierrez rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Good parents teach their children the same thing. Matsini1 rated it it was amazing Jun 30, Senator Tsongas’s success in the early primaries was America’s closest brush with something like full-fledged fascism since World War II — until the emergence of Ross Perot later in that same dreadful year.

Ask how parents feel about children who forcibly “redistribute” other children’s toys. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. Only the most determined curmudgeon could read this without cracking a smile at least once.

Cayley knows how disappointing that can be, but she also knows she can’t force Melissa to trade with her. I think that’s the moment when my daughter became an expert in international trade. Ask how parents respond when children complain that their siblings got too much landsnurg.

Joe Queenan The Wall Street Journal Witty economists are about as easy to find as anorexic mezzo-sopranos, natty mujahedeen, and cheerful Philadelphians. Landsburg lives in Rochester, NY. To succeed at this game, students must be sensitive to the problems of families very unlike their own.