The 100 Best Economics Books of All TIme

The 100 Best Economics Books of All Time list includes works by many of the great economists along with many leading books on major issues in the field. The list is for those with a serious interest in economics, but not necessarily for economics professionals; it contains some books on the principles of economics, but is light on theory, focussing on more readable texts. The list has a strong focus on international economics and the financial crash of 2008. It covers a wide range of ideologies, featuring the likes of Adam Smith, Schumpeter and Hayek, and Keynes, Marx and Kropotkin.





1. The Wealth of Nations

By Adam Smith

The Wealth of Nations

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2. Capital

By Karl Marx

Capital

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3. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

By John Maynard Keynes

The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

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4. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

By Karl Polanyi

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

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5. Globalization and Its Discontents

By Joseph Stiglitz

Globalization and Its Discontents

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6. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

By Joseph A. Schumpeter

Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

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7. The Conquest of Bread

By Peter Kropotkin

The Conquest of Bread

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8. The Theory of the Leisure Class

By Thorstein Veblen

The Theory of the Leisure Class

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9. The Affluent Society

By John Kenneth Galbraith

The Affluent Society

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10. Individualism and Economic Order

By Friedrich Hayek

Individualism and Economic Order

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11. Development as Freedom

By Amartya Sen

Development as Freedom

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12. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

By Max Weber

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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13. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

By Kate Pickett; Richard G. Wilkinson

The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

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14. The Worldly Philosophers

By Robert L. Heilbroner

The Worldly Philosophers

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15. Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism

By Ha-Joon Chang

Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism

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16. Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes

By Paul Bairoch

Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes

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17. Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

By Charles P. Kindleberger

Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

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18. The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments For Capitalism Before Its Triumph

By Albert O. Hirschman

The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments For Capitalism Before Its Triumph

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19. Capital in the Twenty-First Century

By Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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20. Economic Philosophy

By Joan Robinson

Economic Philosophy

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21. Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

By E. F. Schumacher

Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

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22. Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity

By Robert Pollin

Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity

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23. Economics

By Paul Krugman; Robin Wells

Economics

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24. America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy

By Gar Alperovitz

America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy

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25. Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

By Stephen Schlesinger; Stephen Kinzer

Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

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26. Mad Money: When Markets Outgrow Governments

By Susan Strange

Mad Money: When Markets Outgrow Governments

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27. Asia's Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization

By Alice Amsden

Asia's Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization

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28. The Economic Emergence of Women

By Barbara Bergmann

The Economic Emergence of Women

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29. Ecological Economics

By Herman E. Daly; Joshua Farley

Ecological Economics

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30. Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: The Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life

By Samuel Bowles; Herbert Gintis; Ernst Fehr

Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: The Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life

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31. Principles of Political Economy: and Chapters on Socialism

By John Stuart Mill

Principles of Political Economy: and Chapters on Socialism

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32. A Brief History of Neoliberalism

By David Harvey

A Brief History of Neoliberalism

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33. MITI and the Japanese Miracle: The Growth of Industrial Policy, 1925-1975

By Chalmers Johnson

MITI and the Japanese Miracle: The Growth of Industrial Policy, 1925-1975

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34. Microeconomics

By William J. Baumol; Alan S. Blinder

Microeconomics

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35. Macroeconomics

By William J. Baumol; Alan S. Blinder

Macroeconomics

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36. Dependent Development: The Alliance of Multinational, State, and Local Capital in Brazil

By Peter B. Evans

Dependent Development: The Alliance of Multinational, State, and Local Capital in Brazil

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37. Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

By Mark Blyth

Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

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38. Essays In Persuasion

By John Maynard Keynes

Essays In Persuasion

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39. Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System

By Barry Eichengreen

Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System

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40. The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience

By Stephen A. Marglin; Juliet B. Schor

The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience

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41. Contours of the World Economy 1-2030 AD

By Angus Maddison

Contours of the World Economy 1-2030 AD

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42. John Maynard Keynes

By Hyman Minsky

John Maynard Keynes

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43. Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization

By Immanuel Wallerstein

Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization

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44. The Essential Gunnar Myrdal

By Gunnar Myrdal

The Essential Gunnar Myrdal

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45. The New Industrial State

By John Kenneth Galbraith

The New Industrial State

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46. Freefall

By Joseph Stiglitz

Freefall

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47. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

By Simon Johnson; James Kwak

13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

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48. More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics

By Philip Mirowski

More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics

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49. Global Finance at Risk: The Case for International Regulation

By John Eatwell; Lance Taylor

Global Finance at Risk: The Case for International Regulation

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50. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

By Walter Rodney

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

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51. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy

By Kenneth Pomeranz

The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy

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52. Late Capitalism

By Ernest Mandel

Late Capitalism

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53. China's Development: Capitalism and Empire

By Michel Aglietta; Guo Bai

China's Development: Capitalism and Empire

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54. Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens

By Nicholas Shaxson

Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens

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55. Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth since the Eighteenth Century

By Peter H. Lindert

Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth since the Eighteenth Century

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56. Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

By Richard D. Wolff

Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

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57. Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation

By Patrick Bond

Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation

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58. ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism

By Yves Smith

ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism

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59. Confronting the Third World

By Gabriel Kolko

Confronting the Third World

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60. The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths

By Mariana Mazzucato

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths

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61. Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth

By Marilyn Waring

Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth

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62. Value and Capital: An Inquiry into some Fundamental Principles of Economic Theory

By John Hicks

Value and Capital: An Inquiry into some Fundamental Principles of Economic Theory

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63. Super Imperialism

By Michael Hudson

Super Imperialism

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64. The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japan's Great Recession

By Richard C. Koo

The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japan's Great Recession

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65. Monetary Economics: An Integrated Approach to Credit, Money, Income, Production and Wealth

By Marc Lavoie; Wynne Godley

Monetary Economics: An Integrated Approach to Credit, Money, Income, Production and Wealth

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66. The Rise and Decline of Nations

By Mancur Olson

The Rise and Decline of Nations

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67. The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750

By James D. Tracy

The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750

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68. Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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69. Debunking Economics

By Steve Keen

Debunking Economics

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70. An Economic History of India

By Dietmar Rothermund

An Economic History of India

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71. The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916

By Martin J. Sklar

The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916

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72. Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order

By Noam Chomsky; Robert W. McChesney

Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order

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73. A History of Economic Thought

By Lionel Robbins; William J. Baumol

A History of Economic Thought

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74. The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

By Joseph Stiglitz

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

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75. Mobile Capital and Latin American Development

By James E. Mahon

Mobile Capital and Latin American Development

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76. Argentina's Economic Growth and Recovery: The Economy in a Time of Default

By Michael Cohen

Argentina's Economic Growth and Recovery: The Economy in a Time of Default

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77. Demystifying the Chinese Economy

By Justin Yifu Lin

Demystifying the Chinese Economy

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78. Nicholas Kaldor: The Economics and Politics of Capitalism as a Dynamic System

By Ferdinando Targetti

Nicholas Kaldor: The Economics and Politics of Capitalism as a Dynamic System

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79. The Rise of the Western World

By Douglass C. North; Robert Paul Thomas

The Rise of the Western World

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80. An Economic History of the USSR

By Alec Nove

An Economic History of the USSR

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81. The Predator State

By James K. Galbraith

The Predator State

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82. Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy

By Al Campbell

Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy

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83. Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250 - 1350

By Janet L. Abu-Lughod

Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250 - 1350

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84. The Marshall Plan: America, Britain and the Reconstruction of Western Europe

By Michael J. Hogan

The Marshall Plan: America, Britain and the Reconstruction of Western Europe

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85. The Gift

By Marcel Mauss

The Gift

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86. Monopoly Capital

By Paul Sweezy; Paul A. Baran

Monopoly Capital

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87. Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1928

By John Brooks

Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1928

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88. How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

By Erik S. Reinert

How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

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89. The Economics of Climate Change

By Nicholas Stern

The Economics of Climate Change

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90. The Joyless Economy: The Psychology of Human Satisfaction

By Tibor Scitovsky

The Joyless Economy: The Psychology of Human Satisfaction

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91. The First Industrial Nation: The Economic History of Britain 1700-1914

By Peter Mathias

The First Industrial Nation: The Economic History of Britain 1700-1914

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92. Meritocracy and Economic Inequality

By Samuel Bowles; Kenneth Arrow; Steven N. Durlauf

Meritocracy and Economic Inequality

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93. Looking Forward: Participatory Economics for the Twenty First Century

By Michael Albert; Robin Hahnel

Looking Forward: Participatory Economics for the Twenty First Century

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94. The Unbound Prometheus

By David S. Landes

The Unbound Prometheus

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95. The Limits of Organization

By Kenneth Arrow

The Limits of Organization

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96. The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-Development

By Sara Roy

The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-Development

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97. The Money Illusion

By Irving Fisher

The Money Illusion

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98. Economic Reforms in Chile: From Dictatorship to Democracy

By Ricardo Ffrench-Davis

Economic Reforms in Chile: From Dictatorship to Democracy

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99. The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

By Gosta Esping-Andersen

The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

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100. Debt: The First 5,000 Years

By David Graeber

Debt: The First 5,000 Years

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