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Incentivology: The Forces That Explain Tremendous Success and Spectacular Failure

Incentivology: The Forces That Explain Tremendous Success and Spectacular Failure

Unlock the power of incentives to better understand the world, make it work for you, and remake it for the better.

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ISBN 9781743794999
Barcode 9781743794999
Published 1 June 2019 by Hardie Grant Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Murphy, Jason
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ISBN-13 9781743794999
ISBN-10 1743794991
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hardie Grant Books
Imprint Hardie Grant Books
Publication Date 1 June 2019
International Release Date 8 August 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Murphy, Jason
Category Economics
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Success, Motivation Psychology - Popular works
NBS Text Economics: Professional & General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 158.1
Catalogue Code 984880

Description of this Book

Rewards. Punishments. Prices. The Nobel Prize. Candy Crush. Incentives take more forms than you might expect and they can be hard to spot, but they shape our lives in ways that we rarely examine. Many of the most powerful incentives are accidental, and invisible even to those who designed them. Some are tame - and some are most definitely not. Whether it's bounties for criminals or Instagrammable meals, training your dog or saving the planet, incentives regularly backfire, go missing, mutate and evolve. Without oversight, their unintended consequences can have very global effects. In Incentivology, economist Jason Murphy uncovers the huge incentive systems we take for granted and turns them inside out. In lively, entertaining prose he explores the mechanisms behind many tremendous successes and spectacular failures in our history, culture and everyday lives, and shows us how to use (or lose) incentives in our world at large.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'With his sharp, incisive and engaging style, Jason Murphy brings economics to the masses. Always a must read!' - Daniel Sankey, The Australian 'There are certain scholarly, erudite economics commentators whose storied reputations precede them. Jason Murphy is not one of them. He is different. He has hijacked economics from the academy and taken it into the real world. In doing this, he makes it accessible - actually, very interesting - to people who are curious and thoughtful, but want to understand where the economy meets life. He compels you to read about economics, and that's saying something.' - Eric Beecher, Crikey 'Jason Murphy possesses that rare gift of originality of thought and, rarer still, the ability to write about it with clarity, wit and insight.' - Mathew Dunckley, SMH/The Age
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jason Murphy is an economist who has worked at the Australian Treasury, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Nauru, and the Australian Financial Review. He writes regularly for News.com.au and Crikey, blogs at thomasthethinkengine.com and has a passion for bringing economics into the everyday world.

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