Summary: Naked Economics

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  1. Everything affects everything else. When you design policy you have to understand the effects that will rise from your decisions. Most policy makers don’t have any idea that this part of economics and that people dedicate their lives to studying these kinds of effects.
  2. Incentivization is the whole game with policy design. You have to understand how people work so you can know how their behavior will change as the result of policy changes.
  3. The best example is the even/odd license plate policy to reduce carbon emissions. The result was that people kept two cars instead of one, making the problem worse rather than better.
  4. Economics, because of this book, has become part of my core set of interests. It’s nothing less than understanding people and why they do what they do, and using that information to create good policy that benefits as many people as possible.

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  1. One of the best books I’ve ever read in terms of opening my mind as to how the world works.


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