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Big Business

A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero

Tyler Cowen



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St Martin's Press
09 April 2019
Economic systems & structures; Ownership & organisation of enterprises
We love to hate the 800-pound gorilla. Walmart and Amazon destroy communities and small businesses. Facebook turns us into addicts while putting our personal data at risk. From skeptical politicians like Bernie Sanders who, at a 2016 presidential campaign rally said, If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist, to millennials, only 42 percent of whom support capitalism, belief in big business is at an all-time low. But are big companies inherently evil? If business is so bad, why does it remain so integral to the basic functioning of America? Economist and bestselling author Tyler Cowen says our biggest problem is that we don't love business enough. In Big Business, Cowen puts forth an impassioned defense of corporations and their essential role in a balanced, productive, and progressive society. He dismantles common misconceptions and untangles conflicting intuitions. According to a 2016 Gallup survey, only 12 percent of Americans trust big business quite a lot, and only 6 percent trust it a great deal. Yet Americans as a group are remarkably willing to trust businesses, whether in the form of buying a new phone on the day of its release or simply showing up to work in the expectation they will be paid. Cowen illuminates the crucial role businesses play in spurring innovation, rewarding talent and hard work, and creating the bounty on which we've all come to depend.
By:   Tyler Cowen
Imprint:   St Martin's Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   324g
ISBN:   9781250225627
ISBN 10:   1250225620
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   09 April 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tyler Cowen (Ph.D.) holds the Holbert L. Harris chair in economics at George Mason University. He is the author of a number of explanatory and text books, including The Complacent Class, as well as writing the most read economics blog worldwide, Tyler is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, has written regularly for The New York Times, and contributes to a wide number of newspapers and periodicals.

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