Scarcity -a book review

Cover photo of Scarcity
Cover photo of Scarcity

I started reading this during the summer and I have LOVED it! It has been one ah-ha experience after another. I’ve found that I have changed the way that I think about time, money, stuff -just about anything and everything. Mostly, it has made me more gracious and appreciate life a little bit more deeply.

“In this provocative book based on cutting-edge research, Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that scarcity creates a distinct 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 the same sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before.”

Highly recommend Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir.


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Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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  • October 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks for putting this on my radar. It is my cup of tea and I am very much intrigued.

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