The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub]

The Price of Everything

Eduardo Porter È 1 FREE READ

This is a fantastic book with information than you could possibly imagine The title of this book The Price of Everything is no exaggeration at all Eduardo Porter definitely covers the price of pretty much everything in this exhaustive book not just the prices but the values as well of a cup of coffee trash crossing borders the price and value of marriage women men baby girls baby boys sperm eggs the price of happiness the price of the future even the price and value of things that are free And Mr Porter backs up everything he writes in his book giving us detailed information egarding the place and time period of the esearch along with tons of fascinating statistics Mr Porter takes us all over the world comparing values and costs in so many places including Southern Ethiopia uebec Sweden Bolivia London Guyana Beijing South Korea Paris Berlin Bangladesh Bhutan West Bengal The United States and many other places across so many different time periodsIn the first chapter The Price of Things Mr Porter starts out by sharing the price that he pays for a cup of coffee and how he put his own personal value on the price that he pays for coffee I like the fact that the author shares this information with us For me personally I like to know an author s feelings and opinions on subjects that are discussed and although I thoroughly enjoyed this book I believe I would have enjoyed it even if Mr Porter had put himself into of the examples he shared with us But again that s my personal opinion I am uite sure that many people would love all of the incredibly detailed and esearched information in this book with or without the author showing his presence in all of the examplesSome people might be able to ead this book from cover to cover in one shot and absorb all of the information but I ead it slowly and a little at a time because there is SO MUCH important and interesting information that I Aufsatze!: Essays Zur Poetik, Literatur Und Kunst really want to absorb Eduardo Portereally knows his stuff and the information in here is just fantastic This is a book that I will not be giving away l will hang on to this book because I know I will want to go back and Anna Goeldin - The Last Witch reread different chapters It s an incredibleeference book and just a great book to have I would Ejercito y Milicias En El Mundo Colonial Americano recommend this to everyone After all it is a book about money and the price of just about everything so who can telate to that I entered the First Reads contest for this book so thank you to PortfolioPenguin and Maureen who listed this book as a First Reads giveaway and thank you to Eduardo Porter for writing such an interesting book AND of course thank you to Goodreads for these fantastic First Reads contests and for somehow always knowing exactly which books I will love Some parts were insightful had a good flow Others felt very sanctimonious seemed to be written to confirm the author s world view political musings Was hoping author would have #cred a fascinating look at how we place #A fascinating look at how we place and why The book opens by looking at the price of trash We will pay people to Power Engineering: Advances and Challenges Part B: Electrical Power remove it and pay large amounts not to live near it but on the other hand their are those who will pay large amounts FOR our trash The price of women happiness faith work and many others lead you to look at things with new eyes The book is clever and wise full of fun nuggets and tidbits of information that will stay with you long after you close it s covers For example one of theeasons it is hard to get political action to prevent global warming in the US is because we have a large voting elderly population Since clearly they will be gone before any drastic warming can occur they just don t place much importance on the issue the way that the smaller non voting youth population does Highly Confidentiel défense recommended you will love learning from this author There are a lot of intriguing concepts in The Price of Everything but I was bothered throughout by logic that seemed sloppy But on the other hand I mistrust my judgement a little bit because I had a vehement irrational negative emotionaleaction to some of the book s content Porter s key concept is that you can examine any decision in costbenefit terms and you can almost always find a way to uantify the cost and benefit in monetary terms whether it s explicitly transactional or not For instance here s how Porter analyzes why the 55 mph national speed limit didn t work A 70 mile trip takes 16 minutes at 55mph than at 70mph At 430hr the average wage of production workers in 1974 that epresents 115 At the time gas cost 053gal so to break even *the average driver would have needed to save 217 gallons for every 70 *average driver would have needed to save 217 gallons for every 70 trip substantially than the fuel efficiency of 1974 cars would provide Porter doesn t suggest that most production workers worked out this euation and made a ational informed decision to disobey the speed limit I infer that he thinks people made gut decisions perhaps based on a subconscious sense of time value lost at lower speeds But I would argue albeit without stacks of esearch to back me up where. 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 of the prices we pay seem to make little sense We shell 229 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 oof 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 pre. ,

As Porter s book is meticulously footnoted that the psychological dimension was significant outside of economics the 55 mph limit was an assault on macho cowboy car culture Consider if economics were that much of a factor in velocity determinations you d see a lot fewer jack Bright Montana Sky rabbit start and sudden stops with current fuel prices especially in suburban commuting where it avails the driver almost nothing Porter s framing of the problem also ignores that travel at 70mph for sustained periods of time is a comparativearity for most drivers With long haul trucking one notable exception and other than cowboy culture one Pancreatic Cancer: A Patient and His Doctor Balance Hope and Truth reason always advanced for the truckercop cbradar conflicts of the mid late seventies was that the truckers work scheduleseuired violating posted speed limitsPorter also ignores other factors which might Ein Makelloser Abstieg: Roman reasonably be considered part of the valuationeduced loss of life Abu Telfan: Or, the Return from the Mountains of the Moon, Tr. by S. Delffs reduced emissionseduced engine wear et cetera Although I think it s fair to assert that many drivers would likely ignore these factors as wellAlthough Porter s analysis of what to do about greenhouse emissions ultimately concludes that given the uncertainty of the models voters might as well follow their guts his analysis of the issue omits a very important factor It s also uite different from traditional isk valuations He s This book ead like a B level high school Rainer Maria Rilke: Gesammelte Werke (German Edition) reporthow can this man be a professional journalist Affirmative action at it s finest apparently This book was littered with misinformation and biaswhich was explained when youead his sources Within the first 30 pages I came upon multiple untrue statements including and none too surprising complete misinformation about the cost of illegal aliens as supplied by pro Hispanic groups Unless you want a fairy tale avoid this book at all costs What could have been an entertaining concept was so poorly thought out I cringed As a nerd of the econ major variety I was highly anticipating the arrival of this book once I d won it through First Reads Luckily for me the book didn t disappointBooks of this type tend to go wrong in one of 2 ways 1 The facts are simply not true and the book serves to sell ather than to actually provide eal information Or 2 An intelligent economist writes a factual yet way too dense for the common public text This book did a great job of falling into neither of those traps It had legitimate facts some economic theory explained correctly not bent to mean what the author WANTS it to mean you ll find that in any newspaper these days But what I found the most impressive was just how accessible Eduardo Porter made the material You do NOT need to be an econ major to understand this book And if you ARE that interested in the analytical details of topics eferenced there is a detailed section in the back of the book noting original sources and where you can find themThis book never promises answers to the world s problems but it sheds a light on why a few of them might be occurring "IT PRESENTS AN INTERESTING VIEW OF THE MOTIVATIONS BEHIND "presents an interesting view of the motivations behind of people from different cultures and parts of the world Bottom line don t let the base premise scare you off this book if you e not a nerd like me There s a lot here to appreciate even if prices and economics aren t topics you d normally ead about Put on yer thinkin capsA bag containing 13 apples costs six dollarsMy family of four eats one apple a piece each dayYou can
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the math but I convinced it would be cheaper to put heroin in everyone s lunch boxPorter s book offers up a fascinating account of why everything seems to cost so damned much prices nudge us to take one course of action or another In a way this is obvious every decision amounts to a choice among options to which we assign different values But identifying these prices allows us to understand fully our decisions They can be measured in money cash or credit But costs and benefits can also be set in love toil or time Our most important currency is in fact opportunity The cost of taking any action or embracing any path consists of the alternatives that were available to us at the time The price of a five dollar slice of pizza is all the other things we could have done with the five dollars The price of marriage includes all the things we would have done had we emained single One day we succumb to the allure of love and companionship Years later we wonder what happened to the freedom we traded away at the altar Economists call this the opportunity cost By evaluating opportunity costs we organize our livesThe book is full of Selling Beauty: Cosmetics, Commerce, and French Society, 1750–1830 riveting facts about every aspect of our financial lives And if you think life is unfair try dying Did you know that family members of 911 victims were not compensated eually for the loss of their loved ones victims value in deatheflected the ineuality they experienced while alive Bankers were deemed to be worth than janitors The women who worked and died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon earned on average Mise there is a price behind each choice that we make whether we're #Deciding To Have A Baby Drive A #to have a baby drive a 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 Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in Venice's Maritime State reveals what those prices are actually telling us He takes us on a global economic adventure from comparing theelative 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 uniue approach helps explain Why.
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Ess than the men That implied that their value in death was also lower The average compensation to their families amounted to about 37 percent less on average than men s The fund ultimately paid about 2 million on average to the kin of 2880 victims who died in the attacks But each of the families of the eight victims who earned than 4 million a year got 64 million while the cheapest victim was valued at 250000The author keeps things interesting by using pop culture examples to demonstrate his theories Did you know Coca Cola once hatched a fiendish plot for a vending machine programmed to charge for an ice cold Coke on a hot day Radiohead s 2007 experiment to allow fans to pay whatever they wished for their In Rainbows album turned out to be a huge money maker for the band even though six out of ten fans paid nothingAll in all this was an engrossing book It freuently angried up my blood and made me Bazaars, Conversations Freedom rant andave but I learned a lot It also helped me better explain to the kids why even though the internet says a Magic The Gathering card is worth 7500 it is only worth that amount if they can find someone willing to pay 7500 for a piece of coated paperOh and about those apples My grocer has decided to leap aboard the Eat Local bandwagon Now all bags of apples are labeled with the name of the orchard where they were grown If you thought they d pass the shipping savings on to the consumer you are wrong They To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey raised the price by a dollar Shakes fist sighs puts apples in cart A scattering of wildarely well supported tidbits We ought to pay bankers less Americans are unhappier than the French because the French get longer vacations Women go to church than men because they make less money Polygamy causes women to be valued Etc concluding in a symphony of Keynesianism We have economic problems because free markets haven t worked UHHHH WHAT free markets We need the government to fix all our problems and figure out for us what our preferences ought to be The animal spirits keep us from being Punk Pedagogies in Practice rational Rational means we always maximize our bottom line Preferences no longer count Bubbles are caused by irrational actors Ugh Should have known when I noticed the guy had worked for the NY Times Didn t explain a single thing abouteal prices or tell why they are such vital indicators Good thing I only Won this in a First Reads Giveaway The book has a very interesting premise that made me very curious to see what the author would do with it every choice we make is shaped by the prices of the options laid out before us what we assess to be their Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education relative cost measured up against their benefits p 3 Of course heeally couldn t discuss the price of everything but he is to be commended for trying He covers not only the price of things goods and services but also the prices of life happiness women work free culture faith and the future Some people may say that the author is biased in his presentation Well yes If you think about it when your goal is to write a book on the price of everything you can t eally include everything so you have to make choices
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yes those choices will based on #And Reflect Your Personal Biases So If You As A #reflect your personal biases So if you as a hold the bias that global warming isn t eal or that illegal immigrants offer nothing of value to this country for example you will have difficulty approaching this book with an open mind In the interest of full disclosure I have my own biases and many though not all of them overlap with the author sOverall I think Porter does a good job of exploring most of his topics He gives one a lot to think about and it is interesting However his writing is sometimes disorganized often I wasn t sure where he was going or how he got where he was though I m not sure how much of that can be attributed to his skill as a writer and how much any writer would have had the same difficulty in writing with coherence about well everything Finally I found much of the book to be a bit depressing of course I did not factor this into my ating as I chose to ead about the subject So often especially toward the end of the book I found myself cringing at the Lauter alte Akten. Den von Formularen geplagten Zeitgenossen zum Trost, zur Belehrung und Erheiterung reality presented not because I didn t agree with the it but because I did A fascinating change of pace True to the title Porter suggests that everything love faith the future can and should be viewed as a series of economic tradeoffs It s not a perfect book Some chaptersead like a highlight Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492–1763 reel of tidbits supporting Porter s beliefs than a coherent analysis I highlighted several parts that were news to me but the bulk didn t seem overly groundbreaking Maybe it was at time of publicationPorter is up front with his perspectiveseligion is for suckers Keynes literally saved the world and I enjoyed the book as an intellectual exercise than an exact proof Granted I m not ualified to evaluate most of the claims he made I slept through my undergrad Econ class and my natural bent is to assume people are motivated by ainbows and unicorns ather than cold hard cas. Polygamous societies actually place a higher value on women than monogamous ones Why someone may find 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 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 ange of disciplines and cultures The esult is a cogent and insightful narrative about how the world Ragana ir lietus really worksWatch a Video.


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    The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] There are a lot of intriguing concepts in The Price of Everything but I was bothered throughout by logic that seemed sloppy But on the other h

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    The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] This is a fantastic book with information than you could possibly imagine The title of this book The Price of Everything is no exaggeration at all Eduardo Porter definitely covers the price of pretty much everything in this exhaustive

  4. says: FREE READ The Price of Everything The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] READ í BESTBUYCOST.ORG.UK È Eduardo Porter

    READ í BESTBUYCOST.ORG.UK È Eduardo Porter The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] Eduardo Porter È 1 FREE READ A scattering of wild rarely well supported tidbits We ought to pay bankers less Americans are unhappier than the French because the French get longer vacations Women go to church than men because they make less money Polygamy causes w

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    READ í BESTBUYCOST.ORG.UK È Eduardo Porter Eduardo Porter È 1 FREE READ The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] This book read like a B level high school reporthow can this man be a professional journalist??? Affirmative action at it's finest apparently This book was littered with misinformation and biaswhich was explained when you

  6. says: The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] READ í BESTBUYCOST.ORG.UK È Eduardo Porter

    The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] Some parts were insightful had a good flow Others felt very sanctimonious seemed to be written to confirm the author's world view political musings Was hoping author would have credentials on a doctorate or even a

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    FREE READ The Price of Everything The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] Eduardo Porter È 1 FREE READ Won this in a First Reads Giveaway The book has a very interesting premise that made me very curious to see what the author would do with it every choice we make is shaped by the prices of the options laid out before us what we ass

  8. says: The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] Eduardo Porter È 1 FREE READ READ í BESTBUYCOST.ORG.UK È Eduardo Porter

    The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] As a nerd of the econ major variety I was highly anticipating the arrival of this book once I'd won it through First Reads Luckily for me the book didn't disappointBooks of this type tend to go wrong in one of 2 ways 1 The facts are simply not true and the book serves to sell rather than to actually provide real information Or 2 An intelligent economist writes a factual yet way too dense for the common public text This b

  9. says: FREE READ The Price of Everything The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] Eduardo Porter È 1 FREE READ

    The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] A fascinating look at how we place value and why The book opens by looking at the price of trash We will pay people to remove it and pay large amounts not to live near it but on the other hand their are those who will pay large amounts FOR our trash The price of women happiness faith work and many others lead you to look at things with new eyes The book is clever and wise full of fun nuggets and tidbits of information that will stay with

  10. says: FREE READ The Price of Everything The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] Eduardo Porter È 1 FREE READ

    The Price of Everything [Pdf/E–pub] A fascinating change of pace True to the title Porter suggests that everything love faith the future can and should be viewed as a series of ec

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