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Scarcity - Why Having Too Little Means So Much

Sendhil Mullainathan

In the blockbuster tradition of Freakonomics, a Harvard economist and a Princeton psychology professor team up to offer a surprising and empowering new way to look at everyday life, presenting a paradigm-challenging examination of how scarcity-and our flawed responses to it-shapes our lives, our society, and our culture. Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Once we start thinking in terms of scarcity and the strategies it imposes, the problems of modern life come into sharper focus.

In the blockbuster tradition of Freakonomics, a Harvard economist and a Princeton psychology professor team up to offer a surprising and empowering new way to look at everyday life, presenting a paradigm-challenging examination of how scarcity-and our flawed responses to it-shapes our lives, our society, and our culture. Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Once we start thinking in terms of scarcity and the strategies it imposes, the problems of modern life come into sharper focus.
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In the blockbuster tradition of Freakonomics, a Harvard economist and a Princeton psychology professor team up to offer a surprising and empowering new way to look at everyday life, presenting a paradigm-challenging examination of how scarcity-and our flawed responses to it-shapes our lives, our society, and our culture. Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Once we start thinking in terms of scarcity and the strategies it imposes, the problems of modern life come into sharper focus.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eldar Shafir, Robert Petkoff

Length:

8h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:09


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:31


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:40


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

10:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:28


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

11:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:20


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:47


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:20


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:25


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:12


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:53


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:30


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:52


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:24


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

13:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:06


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

00:55