- xiv, 241 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
- Contents: Rectangular milk cartons and cylindrical soft-drinks cans : the economics of product design -- Free peanuts and expensive batteries : supply and demand in action -- Why equally talented workers often earn different salaries and other mysteries of the world of work -- Why some buyers pay more than others : the economics of discount pricing -- High heels and school uniforms : the divergence of social and self-interest -- The myth of ownership -- The biggest dog wins the bone : decoding marketplace signals -- The economic naturalist hits the road -- First come, first served : psychology meets economics -- The quest for love and money : the informal market for personal relationships -- Two originals.Formerly CIP.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: This book helps you discover the secrets behind hundreds of everyday enigmas. Why is there a light in your fridge but not in your freezer? Why do 24-hour shops bother having locks on their doors? Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? The answer is simple: economics. Economics doesn't just happen in classrooms or international banks. It is everywhere and influences everything we do and see, from the cinema screen to the streets. It can even explain some of life's most intriguing enigmas. For years, economist Robert Frank has been encouraging his students to use economics to explain the strange situations they encounter in everyday life, from peculiar product design to the vagaries of sex appeal. Now 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.'Can be returned to again and again like one of those all-you-can-eat buffets' - New York Times.