The Airport Economist ...
Monday, January 11, 2010 7:52:37 AM
I had actually expected something in the line of "behavioural economics" or whatever they call the thinking behind "Freakonomics" or "the Undercover Economist". But this book really is just a travelogue - "I went to somewhere with Austrade, this and that Australian person or company is doing well here, and they like this or that".
There is a little insight. Clearly he recognises the value of personal networks in making deals, and in openness as a stimulant to trade and trade as a way to make money. And he likes cricket, and a few other good things.
It's not enough to save the book. I am glad I didn't pay for it, because a dollar would seem like too much.
Maybe in 40 years it would be more interesting to look back and see what he got right and wrong. But not now.