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This book covers a lot of economics, and a fair amount of applied game theory, while talking principly of market design. Because I am deeply interested in each of these topics, I wanted to like it. I should have liked it. I struggled to like it. But in the end, my struggle was only partially successful.
Somehow it seemed to me that, again and again, the author disappointed. He obviously knows a great deal. But it seemed that rather than giving full measure of knowledge, the author was working overtime to impress. Something like the self-important essay my fourth grade teacher assigned the whole class to write: What I Did Over Summer Vacation.
They say, "If you done it, it ain't bragging!" but this author's rendition of historical events seemed (to me at least) to be almost as much about sounding impressive as it was about the principles that the author (and his grad students) applied.
I would have loved more exposition of the principles, and less of the principals, the chief of which always was the august author himself.
Perhaps some editor "made him do it" on the theory that narrative sells better than text book exposition. Fair enough. But looking back, I don't think that editor did me a service. The narrative porridge was too thin for my taste.
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Shortlisted this book after catching the authors interview on NPR but was expecting more details on market redesign. The book feels more like an introductory lecture/preview a grad school course. Pick this book up if you're considering following the author or one of his former students to the schools they're currently teaching at.
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