I should not have worked on this letter

Dear Economist, My husband is a successful accountant in his early 40s but his behaviour can only be described as workaholic. He is often at the office until 8pm and always brings work home. How can I convince him to cut back on his workload and spend more time with...

Splitting the rent

Dear Economist, Two friends and I have taken out a lease on a three-bedroom flat. The rooms are all different sizes. How should we decide who gets which room and the share of the rent that they should pay? Daniel Chin, Haywards Heath, UK Dear Daniel, This reminds me...

XBox economics, Part II

Last week I wrote that the shortage of Xbox 360 consoles seemed inexplicable, at least to me and my fellow economists. I invited readers to provide better explanations, and you did.A reminder of the puzzle: Xbox 360s are the latest in a long line of Christmas products...

Undercover Economist review in the New York Times

On Sunday the New York Times reviewed The Undercover Economist, starting: A funny thing seems to be happening to economics writing: it’s getting better, and ending with For those of you, even now, still stuck in the bookstore cafe, this is a book to savor. You...

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