An Economist Walks Into a Brothel

And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk

Ranked #62 in Microeconomics, Ranked #74 in Risk Management

A Financial Times Book of the Month pick for April!

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Most people wouldn't expect an economist to have an answer to these questions—or to other questions of daily life, such as who to date or how early to leave for the airport. But those people...

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Tyler Cowen Founder/Marginal Revolution UniversityAllison Schrager’s An Economist Walks Into a Brothel is the best, most readable, most informative, most adventurous, and most entertaining take on risk you will find. (Source)

Adam Grant If you want to understand risk better, you have to go into some unconventional settings. In the tradition of Freakonomics, that’s what Allison Schrager does as an economist, and her book is not just informative—it’s an entertaining read too (Source)

Nick Gillespie The world may be in flames, but are *you* taking enough risk? Great @TEDTalks from economist @AllisonSchrager, whose An Economist Walks into a Brothel, is a book-length treatment of the topic. (Source)

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