Free Market Madness
Why Human Nature is at Odds with Economics - and Why it Matters
By (author) Peter A. Ubel
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Free Market Madness by Peter A. Ubel
Book DescriptionHumans just aren't entirely rational creatures. We decide to roll over and hit the snooze button instead of going to the gym. We take out home loans we can't possibly afford. And did you know that people named Paul are more likely to move to St. Paul than other cities? All too often, our subconscious causes us to act against our own self-interest. But our free-market economy is based on the assumption that we always do act in our own self-interest. In this provocative book, physician Peter Ubel uses his understanding of psychology and behavior to show that in some cases government must regulate markets for our own health and well-being. And by understanding and controlling the factors that go into our decisions, big and small, we can all begin to stop the damage we do to our bodies, our finances, and our economy as a whole. Ubel's vivid stories bring his message home for anyone interested in improving the way our society works.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781422126097
(241mm x 165mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Harvard Business Review Press
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter A. Ubel
Critical Decisions, Paperback (September 2012)
We've all been there, sitting uncomfortably in a paper gown as a doctor impassively describes our prognosis. Sometimes it's simple and treatable. Other times we get news we can't fathom, and then are faced with decisions that are literally life and death.
Pricing Life, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by Peter A. Ubel
A rational look at health care rationing, from ethical, economic, psychological, and clinical perspectives.
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Author Biography - Peter A. Ubel
Peter A. Ubel is a physician and behavioral scientist at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine. A prominent thinker in medicine and other fields, he has written for numerous science publications as well as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post. His appearances on radio and television shows include Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air.
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