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RSA Event: The Logic of Life

Join Tim Harford, award-winning journalist as he looks at the logic behind the seemingly irrational.


Join Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist, as he looks at the logic behind the seemingly irrational.

Chair: Stephanie Flanders, Economics Editor, BBC Newsnight

In his new book, The Logic of Life, Harford argues that under the surface of everyday insanity, incentives are at work. Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? But many people comply with economic logic, always taking account of future costs and benefits, even if they don’t quite realise it.

Book your free place online or by emailing lectures@rsa.org.uk or by phoning 020 7451 6868.


Speaker(s):

Speaker: Tim Harford | talks | www
Discussant: Stephanie Flanders | talks

 

Date and Time:

8 April 2008 at 6:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

RSA
8 John Adam Street
London
WC2N 6EZ
+44 20 7451 6868
http://www.theRSA.org/events

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