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AndrewLeigh is an economics professor at Australian National University and a former lawyer, political advisor, and think-tank researcher. He has written two books and over fifty journal articles and is a regular columnist for the "Australian Financial Review."


"Andrew Leigh is a rarity--an economist who can crunch numbers and write lucid, engaging prose on a subject that matters." --Adele Horin, columnist and reporter, "Sydney Morning Herald"
"This accessible and sophisticated book is really important, and not just for Australians. Andrew Leigh, who writes with wit and vigor, has produced the first comprehensive summary of trends in social connections anywhere outside the US. Anyone concerned about contemporary society will find this book both informative and enjoyable." --Robert Putnam, author, "Bowling Alone"

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