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Where does Economics Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is an excellent, short listen if you enjoy thinking about the good things that economics does as well as economics' various shortcomings. I plan to use the book in my classes (I teach economics), in particular to teach the students about the importance of modeling and why having a model that is appropriate to a given situation is so important in economics.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Conlan?
Someone who could read economics jokes as they're intended.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
I can't think of anything specific. Mostly the book took ideas that I'm familiar with and put them in a well written, condense and well thought structure. It helped me improve my thinking rather than giving me one particular item that I want to tell everyone about.
Any additional comments?
Someone really should have given the reader some coaching on economics. I had to go back several times to listen to a few passages to realize that they were in fact jokes or written comically, but this didn't come across at all with the way it was read. In many contexts Rodrik was parodying or setting up caricatures of various ways of thinking of poking fun at economics (or showing up economists themselves) and this very rarely came across in the reading of the book. Nonetheless, it's an edifying book to read if you can deal with the reading.
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One of the rare books that I have had to listen again. The ideas are thought provoking and challenging conventional thoughts that you may start wondering whether to believe economic models.
I am going to listen again to get deeper into the discussions in the book.
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