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The Price of Everything

Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do

Porter, Eduardo

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Price of Everything
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Everything has a price, but it isn't always obvious what that price is.

Many of the prices we pay seem to make little sense. We shell out $2.29 for a coffee at Starbucks when a nearly identical brew can be had at the corner deli for less than a dollar. We may be less willing to give blood for $25 than to donate it for free. Americans hire cheap illegal immigrants to fix the roof or mow the lawn, and vote for politicians who promise to spend billions to keep them out of the country. And citizens of the industrialized West pay hundreds of dollars a year in taxes or cash for someone to cart away trash that would be a valuable commodity in poorer parts of the world.

The Price of Everything starts with a simple premise: there is a price behind each choice that we make, whether we're deciding to have a baby, drive a car, or buy a book. We often fail to appreciate just how critical prices are as a motivating force shaping our lives. But their power becomes clear when distorted prices steer our decisions the wrong way.

Eduardo Porter uncovers the true story behind the prices we pay and reveals what those prices are actually telling us. He takes us on a global economic adventure, from comparing the relative price of a vote in corrupt São Tomé and in the ostensibly uncorrupt United States, to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan, to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life. His unique approach helps explain: * Why polygamous societies actually place a higher value on women than monogamous ones. * Why someone may find more value in a $14 million license plate than the standard issue, $95 one. * Why some government agencies believe one year of life for a senior citizen is four times more valuable than that of a younger person.

Porter weaves together the constant-and often unconscious-cost and value assessments we all make every day. While exploring the fascinating story behind the price of everything from marriage and death to mattresses and horsemeat, Porter draws unexpected connections that bridge a wide range of disciplines and cultures. The result is a cogent and insightful narrative about how the world really works.

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Baker & Taylor
A provocative assessment of the role of value in every aspect of life explains that a price is incurred for every choice, in a reference that invites readers to assess the inherent costs of such controversial topics as joining a church, promoting longevity and organ donation.

Blackwell Publishing
The Price of Everything starts with a simple premise: there is a price behind each choice, whether we're deciding to have a baby, drive a car, or buy a book. We often fail to appreciate just how critical prices are as motivating forces. But their power becomes clear when distorted prices steer our decisions the wrong way.

Eduardo Porter uncovers the true story behind the prices we pay and reveals what those prices are actually telling us. He takes us on a global economic adventure, from comparing the relative prices of a vote in corrupt Sao Tome and in the ostensibly aboveboard United States to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life. His unique approach helps explain

-why polygamous societies actually place a higher value on women than monogamous ones do;

-why someone may find more value in a $14 million license plate than in the standard-issue $95 one;

-why some government agencies believe one year of life for a senior citizen is four times more valuable than that of a younger person.

Baker
& Taylor

An assessment of the role of value in every aspect of life explains that a price is incurred for every choice, and assesses the inherent costs of such controversial topics as joining a church, promoting longevity, and organ donation.
This book starts with a simple premise: there is a price behind each choice that we make, whether we're deciding to have a baby, drive a car, or buy a book. We often fail to appreciate just how critical prices are as motivating forces shaping our lives, but their power becomes clear when distorted prices steer our decisions the wrong way. Eduardo Porter takes us on a global economic adventure, from comparing the relative prices of a vote in corrupt Säao Tomâe and in the ostensibly aboveboard United States to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life. He weaves together the constant--and often unconscious--cost and value assessments we all make every day. While exploring the story behind the price of everything from marriage and death to mattresses and horsemeat, Porter draws unexpected connections that bridge a wide range of disciplines and cultures.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2011
ISBN: 1591843626
9781591843627
Branch Call Number: 338.521 P
Characteristics: viii, 296 p. ; 24 cm.

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June 25th. A commentator specializing in business, regulation, trade and international economic relations, reveals refreshing new insights into the relationships between human behavior and economic activity. He uncovers the true story behind the prices we pay and reveals what those prices are ac... Read More »


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Jan 09, 2013
  • rennlc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book offers a variety of explanations for differences in cultures and ideologies through delving into their corroborating incentives It has more than enough wit to keep you entertained even when you might disagree with the subject matter.

Apr 16, 2011
  • eastvanbookfan rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed completing this book cover to cover. Will check out future titles should this author choose to write on another topic.

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