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Discover Economics Reading list

It's summer, so what do you want to do? Lie down in the sun with a book about economics, of course!


In today's dynamic and interconnected world, a robust understanding of economics is essential for navigating the complexities of global markets, policy decisions, and everyday financial choices. Whether you're a student, professional, or enthusiast, delving into economic theory and its practical applications can provide invaluable insights into how societies allocate resources, make decisions, and solve problems.


Our selection encompasses a range of perspectives covering a wide range of economics-based work. By exploring these recommended readings, you will gain a well-rounded understanding of economics, enhance your analytical skills and broaden your intellectual horizons. All of these books have been our read-of-the-week as well!


We hope this reading list inspires you to explore the fascinating field of economics!


  1. “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics” by Richard H. Thaler

Dive into the fascinating world of behavioural economics with Misbehaving. Thaler recounts how human quirks shape economic behaviour and policy and grounds behavioural economics in its applications. A mighty fun and intellectual read for sure. 




2. “Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World” by Adam Tooze

Is a truly stable global economy even possible? This is the question that Crashed attempts to answer, it traces the events of the financial crisis and how it has reshaped and continues to reshape the global economy. 


3. “How to be a successful economist” by Vicky Pryce et al. 

An insightful guide for students aspiring to become economists, this outlines the key skills employers seek and offers strategies to develop them. The book covers various economist roles, and essential communication and analytical skills, and provides a roadmap for navigating job applications and interviews. Essentially, a holy grail for an aspiring economist. 


4. “Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered” by E. F. Schumacher

A conjunction of economics and nature, Schumacher’s work is renowned today as a highly influential work. It attempts to promote self-reliance and sustainability principles and advocates for human-centred technologies. 


5. “What Works: Gender Equality by Design” by Iris Bohnet

Fascinating in its application of economics to solving the problem of unconscious bias in the workplace, this revolutionary work by Iris Bohnet is perfect if you are looking to read work on applying economics to solving real-world problems. Said to be an acclaimed intersectional work between feminism and economist, you can apply the findings of this book anywhere from your school to your workplace. 


These books offer diverse perspectives, from historical analysis to application-based approaches. They will bring you one step further to discovering more about the economic world. Happy reading! 📚🌟



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