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The Big Idea for Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tim Harford is a fresh voice demystifying economics today. When it's not clear whether we're on the road to recovery or treading water waiting for the next tsunami, it's important to have economists like Harford who can simplify the great economic debates of our age. Today's big idea focuses on better understanding economics.


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  3. 3 Watch Those Poker Arms
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  4. 4 Putting the Humanity Back in Economics
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