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The Economics Book

Available in hardback and ebook formats from Barnes & NobleAmazon.com, or (I hope) your local independent book seller.

From the philosophical dialogues of Ancient Greece and the moral contemplations of Medieval Europe to deregulation and cryptocurrency, The Economics Book presents 250 milestones in the science of the production, sale, and purchase of goods and services. These concise, engaging, informative essays examine the full gamut of subjects, revealing both the entertaining stories and the world-changing developments in the field. They shed thoughtful light on the field’s significant subdisciplines, including: mercantilism, the Enlightenment, communism, econometrics, Keynesianism, macroeconomics, game theory, cliometrics, market design theory, and the Keynesian Resurgence that emerged in the wake of the Great Recession. This vibrant, colorfully illustrated collection will captivate you with a bird’s-eye view of the development of the world’s markets, what has shaped and affected them, and what drives them today.

Additional reading! Publishing constraints precluded the inclusion in the book of an extensive list of references for each of the milestones. The interested reader can click here for an extensive list of additional references to the literatures associated with each of these 250 milestones.

The author interviewed on NPR’s “The Indicator from Planet Money” podcast: Check out the author’s interview with Cardiff Garcia and Stacey Vanek Smith, dealing with the book’s first milestone, Hesiod’s Works and Days.

Another interview, dealing with The Economics Book and sundry other subjects can be found on the “Smith and Marx Walk Into a Bar …” podcast.



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