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Economics and noodles

Kasha has recently been interested in two topics and wishes to search libraries for books on them.  The first is economics, and the problem with this is that libraries do not house textbooks, and most other books would likely not interest me.  Does anyone who's studied economics at all have any books one might find at a library that they would recommend?  No, books like Freakonomics do not count; I'm interested in education, not entertainment.

The other topic is ramen (ラーメン).  This will probably be a far less troublesome topic, but it is relevant to the title of this post.  There is an H Mart in the area which sells shirataki (しらたき) noodles, which are gluten-free and contain no sugar or starch, only dietary fiber.  (They are also known as yam noodles.)  There shall be much slurping.


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Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Have you read any works from Henry Hazlitt, such as "Economics in One Lesson?" If you haven't, I strongly recommend it. It's not a textbook in the truest sense but it's not pop science either. And the guy was around long enough that you'll be hard pressed not to find at least one of his books in your library.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
That one is in the local library system, so will give it a try. Expect to disagree with his outlook, but that seems almost inevitable when it comes to reading about economics.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, don't bother with "Freakonomics." The guys writing it have repeatedly been taken to task for showing they sometimes simply have no idea what they're talking about (e.g., global climate change), so I take what they say with big man-sized hunks of salt.

You had to mention yam noodles. Now I've got a craving.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
They are like the tofu of noodles: soft, squishy, flavor absorbent, and wonderful for the slurping.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
This from my LJ friend Hughcasey
An interview on NPR with Prof. Don Ariely, behavioral economist and author of "The Upside of Irrationality", about the motives that people have for making the economic choices they do. (Short answer... they ain't just in it for the money, and if they are, then they're probably unhappy.)

This part, toward the end, really struck me, since (due to some offers made to me recently) I've been thinking about this sort of thing myself...

Prof. ARIELY: And I think it's basically because of the simple fact that by destroying people's labor in front of their eyes, we kind of erased every possible meaning out of it. We kind of choked the joy out of this task and therefore they just gave up much faster and they were just not interested in this.

And, sadly, I think this is a good analogy for lots of stuff that we do in the workplace when we take things that could've been enjoyable and by doing little things to people's ability to infer meaning on their job, we just kind of eliminate motivation and joy.
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: This from my LJ friend Hughcasey
That sounds interesting. Do you have any information on the show where that interview took place? They often have transcripts or recordings of these things.
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