If you’d like to read more about economics issues try these 18 books recommended by Greg Mankiw, author of Principles of Economics.
Basic economic principles, with humour.
A straightforward guide to major economic policy debates.
20-three winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics offer autobiographical essays about their life and work.
An economist asks why elected leaders often fail to follow the policies that economists recommend.
A former research director at the World Bank offers his insights into how to help the world’s poor.
This introduction to game theory discusses how all people—from corporate executives to criminals under arrest—should and do make strategic decisions.
A former World Bank economist examines that many attempts to help the world’s poorest nations and why these attempts have so often failed.
In this classic book, one of the most important economists of the 20th century argues that society should rely less on the government and more on the free market.
A classic introduction to the lives, times, and ideas of the great economic thinkers, including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and John Maynard Keynes.
A survey of the evolution of economic ideas and policy, with an emphasis on macroeconomics and international trade.
Why does popcorn cost so much at the movie theatres? Steven Landsburg discusses this and other puzzles of economic life.
Economic principles and clever data analysis applied to a wide range of offbeat topics, including drug dealing, online dating, and sumo wrestling.
How a few savvy investors managed to make money during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.
This introduction to stocks, bonds, and financial economics is not a “get rich quick” book, but it might help you get rich slowly.
A deep and nuanced, yet still very readable, analysis of how society can make the best use of market mechanisms.
A humorist asks why some nations prosper while others don’t. He answers with a world tour that takes the reader from Albania to the New York Stock Exchange.
behavioural economics can help people, as well as companies and governments, make better decisions.
A journalist recounts how the Federal Reserve dealt with the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.
If you’re a total neophyte, the best place to start is actually Greg’s textbook.
Related: Tim Harford—another economist—recommends these five books.
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