Josh here – I had so much fun hanging out with my friend Allison Schrager this week on the eve of her gigantic book launch for An Economist Walks Into a Brothel. Allison spent time with big wave surfers, Nevada prostitutes, Hollywood film producers, paparazzi cameramen, horse breeders, magicians and other real world practitioners to discover the way they handle risk.
It’s one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read and Allison has the perfect combination of writing chops and mental horsepower to pull the whole thing off. Learning about the difference between insurance and hedging, for example, in a really fun format, will definitely pay off. There are lessons about ecosystems with a delicate trust factor, the dangers of overconfidence, the limitation of data analysis and so much more.
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