Sunday, April 11, 2021

Tim Harford's six best books

Tim Harford, “the Undercover Economist,” is a Financial Times columnist, BBC broadcaster, and the author of nine books (most recently How To Make The World Add Up / The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics) and the podcast “Cautionary Tales.”

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At The Week magazine Harford tagged his six best books. One title on the list:
Thinking Strategically by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff.

An introduction to game theory – the use of mathematics to understand cooperative and competitive interactions, from tennis to business to the cold war. This was the book that turned me into an economist. It’s full of clever counterintuitions and memorable stories.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue