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.





The Wealth of Nations

1. The Wealth of Nations

By Adam Smith | Used Price: 80% Off

Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations was recognized as a landmark of human thought upon its publication in 1776. As the first scientific argument for the principles of political economy, it is the point of departure for all subsequent economic thought. Smith's theories of capital accumulation, growth, and ... More »

Capital

2. Capital

By Karl Marx | Used Price: 60% Off

This 1867 study—one of the most influential documents of modern times—looks at the relationship between labor and value, the role of money, and the conflict between the classes. More »

The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

3. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

By John Maynard Keynes | Used Price: 80% Off

In 1936 Keynes published the most provocative book written by any economist of his generation. Arguments about the book continued until his death in 1946 and still continue today. This new edition, published 70 years after the original, features a new introduction by Paul Krugman which discusses the ... More »

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

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

By Karl Polanyi

In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the "great transformation" of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market, but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market ... More »

Globalization and Its Discontents

5. Globalization and Its Discontents

By Joseph Stiglitz | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

This powerful, unsettling book gives us a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of global financial institutions by the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics. When it was first published, this national bestseller quickly became a touchstone in the globalization debate. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize ... More »

Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

6. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

By Joseph A. Schumpeter | 70% Off

In this definitive third and final edition (1950) of his masterwork, Joseph A. Schumpeter introduced the world to the concept of “creative destruction,” which forever altered how global economics is approached and perceived. Now featuring a new introduction by Schumpeter biographer Thomas K. McCraw, Capitalism, Socialism and ... More »

The Conquest of Bread

7. The Conquest of Bread

By Peter Kropotkin | Used Price: 80% Off

The Conquest of Bread is Peter Kropotkin's most detailed description of the ideal society, embodying anarchist communism, and of the social revolution that was to achieve it. Marshall Shatz's introduction to this edition traces Kropotkin's evolution as an anarchist, from his origins in the Russian aristocracy to his ... More »

The Theory of the Leisure Class

8. The Theory of the Leisure Class

By Thorstein Veblen

In his scathing The Theory of the Leisure Class, Thorstein Veblen produced a landmark study of affluent American society that exposes, with brilliant ruthlessness, the habits of production and waste that link invidious business tactics and barbaric social behavior. Veblen's analysis of the evolutionary process sees greed as ... More »

The Affluent Society

9. The Affluent Society

By John Kenneth Galbraith | 80% Off

John Kenneth Galbraith's classic investigation of private wealth and public poverty in postwar America   With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith gets at the heart of what economic security means in The Affluent Society. Warning against individual and societal complacence about economic inequity, ... More »

Individualism and Economic Order

10. Individualism and Economic Order

By Friedrich Hayek

In this collection of writings, Nobel laureate Friedrich A. Hayek discusses topics from moral philosophy and the methods of the social sciences to economic theory as different aspects of the same central issue: free markets versus socialist planned economies. First published in the 1930s and 40s, these essays ... More »

Development as Freedom

11. Development as Freedom

By Amartya Sen | Used Price: 80% Off

By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics,  an essential and  paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development--for both rich and poor--in the twenty-first century. Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of ... More »

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

12. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

By Max Weber | Used Price: 80% Off

Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the Protestant ... More »

The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

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

By Kate Pickett; Richard G. Wilkinson | 70% Off

It is a well-established fact that in rich societies the poor have shorter lives and suffer more from almost every social problem. The Spirit Level, based on thirty years of research, takes this truth a step further. One common factor links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree ... More »

The Worldly Philosophers

14. The Worldly Philosophers

By Robert L. Heilbroner | 80% Off

The bestselling classic that examines the history of economic thought from Adam Smith to Karl Marx—“all the economic lore most general readers conceivably could want to know, served up with a flourish” (The New York Times).The Worldly Philosophers not only enables us to see more deeply ... More »

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

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

By Ha-Joon Chang | Used Price: 60% Off

“Lucid, deeply informed, and enlivened with striking illustrations, this penetrating study could be entitled ‘Economics in the Real World.’ Chang reveals the yawning gap between standard doctrines concerning economic development and what really has taken place from the origins of the industrial revolution until today. His incisive analysis ... More »

Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes

16. Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes

By Paul Bairoch | Used Price: 60% Off

Paul Bairoch sets the record straight on twenty commonly held myths about economic history. Among these are that free trade and population growth have historically led to periods of economic growth; that a move away from free trade caused the Great Depression; and that colonial powers in the ... More »

Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

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

By Charles P. Kindleberger

Selected as one of the best investment books of all time by the Financial Times, Manias, Panics and Crashes puts the turbulence of the financial world in perspective. Here is a vivid and entertaining account of how reckless decisions and a poor handling of money have led to financial ... More »

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

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

By Albert O. Hirschman

In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests--so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice--was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of ... More »

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

19. Capital in the Twenty-First Century

By Thomas Piketty

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to ... More »

Economic Philosophy

20. Economic Philosophy

By Joan Robinson

"Economics has always been partly a vehicle" for the ruling ideology of each period as well as partly a method of scientific investigation. It limps along with one foot in untested hypotheses and the other in untestable slogans. Here our task is to sort out as ... More »

Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

21. Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

By E. F. Schumacher | Used Price: 50% Off

“Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom.” —Newsweek  More »

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

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

By Robert Pollin | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In the past twenty-five years the free-market neoliberal model has been hailed as a panacea for economic ills in both the advanced economies and the developing world. Pollin dissects this model as it has been implemented in the US during the Clinton and Bush administrations under Greenspan’s Chairmanship ... More »

Economics

23. Economics

By Paul Krugman; Robin Wells

When it comes to explaining current economic conditions, there is no economist readers trust more than New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman.  Term after term, Krugman is earning that same level of trust in the classroom, with more and more instructors introducing students to the ... More »

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

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

By Gar Alperovitz | Used Price: 80% Off

"Be prepared for a mind-opening experience."-The Christian Century"Highly readable; excellent for students. . . . A tonic and eye-opener for anyone who wants a politics that works."-Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University"America Beyond Capitalism comes at a critical time in our history-when ... More »

Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

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

By Stephen Schlesinger; Stephen Kinzer

Bitter Fruit is a comprehensive and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. First published in 1982, this book has become a classic, a textbook case of the relationship between the United States and the Third ... More »

Mad Money: When Markets Outgrow Governments

26. Mad Money: When Markets Outgrow Governments

By Susan Strange | Used Price: 50% Off

The world's financial system is crazier and even more out of control than it was ten years ago. Mad Money analyzes the erratic nature of change and innovation in financial business in recent years and discusses the weak points--political as well as economic and technical--of a system driven ... More »

Asia's Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization

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

By Alice Amsden | Used Price: 80% Off

South Korea has been quietly growing into a major economic force that is even challenging some Japanese industries. This timely book examines South Korean growth as an example of "late industrialization," a process in which a nation's industries learn from earlier innovator nations, rather than innovate themselves. ... More »

The Economic Emergence of Women

28. The Economic Emergence of Women

By Barbara Bergmann | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

This new edition of a classic feminist book explains how one of thegreat historical revolutions--the ongoing movement toward equalitybetween the sexes--has come about. Its origins are to found, not inchanging ideas, but in the economic developments that have made women'slabor too valuable to be spent exclusively in domestic ... More »

Ecological Economics

29. Ecological Economics

By Herman E. Daly; Joshua Farley

In its first edition, this book helped to define the emerging field of ecological economics. This new edition surveys the field today. It incorporates all of the latest research findings and grounds economic inquiry in a more robust understanding of human needs and behavior. Humans and ecological systems, ... More »

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

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 presents an innovative synthesis of research in different disciplines to argue that cooperation stems not from the stereotypical selfish agent acting out of disguised self-interest but from the presence of "strong reciprocators" in a social group. Presenting an overview of ... More »

Principles of Political Economy: and Chapters on Socialism

31. Principles of Political Economy: and Chapters on Socialism

By John Stuart Mill

This volume unites, for the first time, Books IV and V of Mill's great treatise on political economy with his fragmentary Chapters on Socialism. It shows him applying his classical economic theory to policy questions of lasting concern: the desirability of sustained growth of national wealth ... More »

A Brief History of Neoliberalism

32. A Brief History of Neoliberalism

By David Harvey | Used Price: 50% Off

Neoliberalism-the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action-has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Writing for a wide audience, David Harvey, author of The New Imperialism ... More »

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

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

By Chalmers Johnson | Under $1.00

The focus of this book is on the Japanese economic bureaucracy, particularly on the famous Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), as the leading state actor in the economy. Although MITI was not the only important agent affecting the economy, nor was the state as a whole ... More »

Microeconomics

34. Microeconomics

By William J. Baumol; Alan S. Blinder

MICROECONOMICS: PRINCIPLES AND POLICY, Twelfth Edition, teaches the principles of economics, including current economic situations, providing an essential resource for faculty and students who want a solid introduction that calls on policy-based information for examples and applications. More »

Macroeconomics

35. Macroeconomics

By William J. Baumol; Alan S. Blinder | 50% Off

MACROECONOMICS: PRINCIPLES AND POLICY, Twelfth Edition, teaches the principles of economics, including current economic situations, and is an essential resource for faculty and students looking for a solid introduction using policy-based information for examples and applications. More »

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

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

By Peter B. Evans | Under $1.00

"This is the most important recent book on economic development written from a Left political perspective. . . . Rare has been the industrial revolution which has equitably benefitted the generation which produced that revolution. What Evans has accomplished in this book is a brilliant analysis of the ... More »

Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

37. Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

By Mark Blyth

Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013Governments today in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse. In contrast, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts--austerity--to solve the financial crisis. We ... More »

Essays In Persuasion

38. Essays In Persuasion

By John Maynard Keynes | Used Price: 50% Off

Essays In Persuasion written by legendary author John Maynard Keynes is widely considered to be one of the top 100 greatest books of all time. This great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, Essays In Persuasion is required reading for various courses ... More »

Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System

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

By Barry Eichengreen

First published more than a decade ago, Globalizing Capital remains an indispensable part of the economic literature today. Written by renowned economist Barry Eichengreen, this classic book emphasizes the importance of the international monetary system for understanding the international economy. Brief and lucid, Globalizing Capital is intended not ... More »

The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience

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

By Stephen A. Marglin; Juliet B. Schor

The period after World War Two, with its sustained growth and high employment rate, has been referred to as the "golden age" of capitalism. Blending historical analysis with economic theory, this work presents essays that scrutinize the institutions that fostered this growth and high employment as well as ... More »

Contours of the World Economy 1-2030 AD

41. Contours of the World Economy 1-2030 AD

By Angus Maddison

This book seeks to identify the forces which explain how and why some parts of the world have grown rich and others have lagged behind. Encompassing 2000 years of history, Part 1begins with the Roman Empire and explores the key factors that have influenced economic development in Africa, ... More »

John Maynard Keynes

42. John Maynard Keynes

By Hyman Minsky | Used Price: 80% Off

“Today, Mr. Minsky's view [of economics] is more relevant than ever.”- The New York Times “Indeed, the Minsky moment has become a fashionable catch phrase on Wall Street.”-The Wall Street Journal John Maynard Keynes offers a timely reconsideration of the work of the revered economics icon. Hyman Minsky ... More »

Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization

43. Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization

By Immanuel Wallerstein

In this short, highly readable book, the master of world-systems theory provides a succinct anatomy of capitalism over the past five hundred years. Considering the way capitalism has changed and evolved over the centuries, and what has remained constant, he outlines its chief characteristics. In particular, he looks ... More »

The Essential Gunnar Myrdal

44. The Essential Gunnar Myrdal

By Gunnar Myrdal | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Nobel Prize winner Gunnar Myrdal is best known for his book An American Dilemma, a classic study of America’s racial problems that was chosen as one of The Modern Library’s top 100 nonfiction books of the twentieth century.The Essential Gunnar Myrdal covers the full range of Myrdal’s writing, ... More »

The New Industrial State

45. The New Industrial State

By John Kenneth Galbraith | 90% Off

With searing wit and incisive commentary, John Kenneth Galbraith redefined America's perception of itself in The New Industrial State, one of his landmark works. The United States is no longer a free-enterprise society, Galbraith argues, but a structured state controlled by the largest companies. Advertising is the means ... More »

Freefall

46. Freefall

By Joseph Stiglitz | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The New York Times bestseller: "A lucid account" (New York Times) of the recent financial crisis and the way forward by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, with a new afterword. The Great Recession, as it has come to be called, has impacted more people worldwide than any crisis since ... More »

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

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

By Simon Johnson; James Kwak | Price: $0.01

Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks—Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley—which together ... More »

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

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

By Philip Mirowski | Used Price: 50% Off

This is a history of how physics has drawn some inspiration from economics and how economics has sought to emulate physics, especially with regard to the theory of value. The author traces the development of the energy concept in Western physics and its subsequent effect on the ... More »

Global Finance at Risk: The Case for International Regulation

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

By John Eatwell; Lance Taylor | 70% Off

Now in paperback, a "timely" (Library Journal) argument for an international body that will foster a more stable, viable global financial system. In Global Finance at Risk, now available in paperback, two economists whom John Kenneth Galbraith has hailed as "accomplished scholars of the first rank" propose a ... More »

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

50. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

By Walter Rodney

Before a bomb ended his life in the summer of 1980, Walter Rodney had created a powerful legacy. This pivotal work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, had already brought a new perspective to the question of underdevelopment in Africa. His Marxist analysis went far beyond the heretofore accepted approach ... More »

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

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

By Kenneth Pomeranz

The Great Divergence brings new insight to one of the classic questions of history: Why did sustained industrial growth begin in Northwest Europe, despite surprising similarities between advanced areas of Europe and East Asia? As Ken Pomeranz shows, as recently as 1750, parallels between these two parts ... More »

Late Capitalism

52. Late Capitalism

By Ernest Mandel | Used Price: 50% Off

Late Capitalism is the first major synthesis to have been produced by the contemporary revival of Marxist economics. It represents, in fact, the only systematic attempt so far ever made to combine the general theory of the “laws of motion” of the capitalist mode of production developed by Marx, ... More »

China's Development: Capitalism and Empire

53. China's Development: Capitalism and Empire

By Michel Aglietta; Guo Bai

China is entering a phase where deep structural changes will arise throughout society. These multi-fold processes will be intertwined in a globalized world, impacted by the transformation of capitalism in the aftermath of the financial crisis and under the threat of severe environmental damage. Focussing on sustainability, ... More »

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

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

By Nicholas Shaxson

A thrilling ride inside the world of tax havens and corporate mastermindsWhile the United States experiences recession and economic stagnation and European countries face bankruptcy, experts struggle to make sense of the crisis. Nicholas Shaxson, a former correspondent for the Financial Times and The Economist, argues that tax ... More »

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

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

By Peter H. Lindert | Used Price: 70% Off

Peter Lindert inquires as to whether social policies that redistribute income impose constraints on economic growth. Although taxes and transfers have been debated for centuries, only recently have we been able to obtain a clear view of the evolution of social spending. Lindert argues that, contrary to the ... More »

Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

56. Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

By Richard D. Wolff | Used Price: 60% Off

"Richard Wolff is the leading socialist economist in the country. This book is required reading for anyone concerned about a fundamental transformation of the ailing capitalist economy."—Cornel West“Richard Wolff’s constructive and innovative ideas suggest new and promising foundations for a much more authentic democracy and sustainable and equitable ... More »

States and the Reemergence of Global Finance: From Bretton Woods to the 1990s

57. States and the Reemergence of Global Finance: From Bretton Woods to the 1990s

By Eric Helleiner | Under $1.00

Most accounts explain the postwar globalization of financial markets as a product of unstoppable technological and market forces. Drawing on extensive historical research, Eric Helleiner provides the first comprehensive political history of the phenomenon, one that details and explains the central role played by states in permitting and ... More »

ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism

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

By Yves Smith | Used Price: 70% Off

Why are we in such a financial mess today?  There are lots of proximate causes: over-leverage, global imbalances, bad financial technology that lead to widespread underestimation of risk. But these are all symptoms. Until we isolate and tackle fundamental causes, we will fail to extirpate the disease.  ECONned is ... More »

Confronting the Third World

59. Confronting the Third World

By Gabriel Kolko | Under $1.00

Kolko, author of eight books on modern American history, here examines the United States's involvement with Third World countries. His major thrust is that the United States was maintaining in Central America, and creating in the Middle East, an empire based on economic advantage and ideologically supported by ... More »

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths

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

By Mariana Mazzucato

This new bestseller from leading economist Mariana Mazzucato – named by the ‘New Republic’ as one of the ‘most important innovation thinkers’ today – is stirring up much-needed debates worldwide about the role of the State in innovation. Debunking the myth of a laggard State at odds with ... More »

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

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

By Marilyn Waring | Under $1.00

Safe drinking water counts for nothing. A pollution-free environment counts for nothing. Even some people - namely women - count for nothing. This is the case, at least, according to the United Nations System of National Accounts. Author Marilyn Waring, former New Zealand M.P., now professor, development consultant, ... More »

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

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

By John Hicks | Used Price: 80% Off

"In this book Prof. Hicks has essayed two tasks of major importance; to reduce modern economic analysis to a manageable whole; and to construct a system of Economic Dynamics ... This is one of the few book which mark a stage in the advance of a science."--The Economist"Everything ... More »

Super Imperialism

63. Super Imperialism

By Michael Hudson | Used Price: 60% Off

"Michael Hudson's brilliant shattering book will leave orthodox economists spluttering. Classical economists don't like to be reminded of the ugly realities of Imperialism. Hudson is one of the tiny handful of economic thinkers in today's world who are forcing us to look at old questions in startling new ... More »

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

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

By Richard C. Koo | Used Price: 70% Off

The revised edition of this highly acclaimed work presents crucial lessons from Japan's recession that could aid the US and other economies as they struggle to recover from the current financial crisis.This book is about Japan's 15-year long recession and how it affected current theoretical thinking about its ... More »

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

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

By Marc Lavoie; Wynne Godley

This book challenges the mainstream paradigm with the introduction of a new methodology. Economies are represented realistically in a fully articulated system of national income and flow of funds accounts. The authors study how flows of income, expenditure and production are intertwined with stocks of assets and liabilities, ... More »

The Rise and Decline of Nations

66. The Rise and Decline of Nations

By Mancur Olson | Used Price: 80% Off

The years since World War II have seen rapid shifts in the relative positions of different countries and regions. Leading political economist Mancur Olson offers a new and compelling theory to explain these shifts in fortune and then tests his theory against evidence from many periods of history ... More »

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

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

By James D. Tracy | Used Price: 50% Off

The Political Economy of Merchant Empires focuses on why European concerns eventually achieved dominance in global trade in the period between 1450 and 1750, at the expense, especially in Asia, of well-organized and well-financed rivals. The volume is a companion to The Rise of Merchant Empires (1990), ... More »

Thinking, Fast and Slow

68. Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman | Used Price: 60% Off

Major New York Times bestsellerWinner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleOne of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year ... More »

Debunking Economics

69. Debunking Economics

By Steve Keen

Debunking Economics - Revised and Expanded Edition, now including a downloadable supplement for courses, exposes what many non-economists may have suspected and a minority of economists have long known: that economic theory is not only unpalatable, but also plain wrong. When the original Debunking Economics was published back in 2001, the ... More »

An Economic History of India

70. An Economic History of India

By Dietmar Rothermund | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Much has been written on the Indian economy but this is the first major attempt to present India's economic history as a continuous process, and to place the development of agriculture, industry and currency in a political and historical context. More »

The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916

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

By Martin J. Sklar

At the turn of the twentieth century American politics underwent a profound change, as both regulatory minimalism and statist command were rejected in favor of positive government engaged in both regulatory and distributive roles. Through a fresh examination of the judicial, legislative, and political aspects of the antitrust ... More »

Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All

72. Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All

By Costas Lapavitsas

Financialization is one of the most innovative concepts to emerge in the field of political economy during the last three decades, although there is no agreement on what exactly it is. Profiting Without Producing puts forth a distinctive view defining financialization in terms of the fundamental conduct of ... More »

A History of Economic Thought

73. A History of Economic Thought

By Lionel Robbins; William J. Baumol | 90% Off

Lionel Robbins's now famous lectures on the history of economic thought comprise one of the greatest accounts since World War II of the evolution of economic ideas. This volume represents the first time those lectures have been published. Lord Robbins (1898-1984) was a remarkably accomplished thinker, writer, and ... More »

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

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

By Joseph Stiglitz | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The true cost of the Iraq War is $3 trillion—and counting—rather than the $50 billion projected by the White House. Apart from its tragic human toll, the Iraq War will be staggeringly expensive in financial terms. This sobering study by Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard ... More »

Mobile Capital and Latin American Development

75. Mobile Capital and Latin American Development

By James E. Mahon | Used Price: 50% Off

Particularly timely in light of the recent Mexican peso crisis, Mobile Capital and Latin American Development examines the causes, consequences, and implications of the Latin American capital flight of the 1980s. It addresses the increasingly mobile and privatized nature of international capital and its power to shape economic ... More »

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

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

By Michael Cohen

This book examines the causes of the economic and political crisis in Argentina in 2001 and the process of strong economic recovery. It poses the question of how a country which defaulted on its external loans and was widely criticized by international observers could have succeeded in its ... More »

Demystifying the Chinese Economy

77. Demystifying the Chinese Economy

By Justin Yifu Lin | Under $1.00

China was the largest and one of most advanced economies in the world before the eighteenth century, yet declined precipitately thereafter and degenerated into one of the world's poorest economies by the late nineteenth century. Despite generations' efforts for national rejuvenation, China did not reverse its fate until ... More »

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

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

By Ferdinando Targetti | Used Price: 90% Off

This is an intellectual biography of Nicholas Kaldor, one of this century's most innovative and influential economists. It constitutes a valuable contribution to the history of economic thought and to the post-Keynesian school of economics. More »

The Rise of the Western World

79. The Rise of the Western World

By Douglass C. North; Robert Paul Thomas

First published in 1973, this is a radical interpretation, offering a unified explanation for the growth of Western Europe between 900 A. D. and 1700, providing a general theoretical framework for institutional change geared to the general reader. More »

An Economic History of the USSR

80. An Economic History of the USSR

By Alec Nove

This update to "The History of the Soviet Economy" covers the period from the Bolshevik seizure of power to the aftermath of the failed coup, which speeded up the disintegration of the Soviet Union. The final chapter encompasses Gorbachev's attempt to reform the old system and the failure ... More »

The Predator State

81. The Predator State

By James K. Galbraith | Under $1.00

Now available in paperback, this timely book challenges the cult of the free market that has dominated all political and economic discussion since the Reagan revolution. Even many liberals have felt the need to genuflect before the altar of free markets, but in The Predator State, progressive ... More »

Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy

82. Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy

By Al Campbell

Brings together some of Cuban's most prominent economists to examine Cuba's economic history and analyze changes in policy during the years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. More »

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

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

By Janet L. Abu-Lughod | Used Price: 60% Off

In this important study, Abu-Lughod presents a groundbreaking reinterpretation of global economic evolution, arguing that the modern world economy had its roots not in the sixteenth century, as is widely supposed, but in the thirteenth century economy-a system far different from the European world system which emerged from ... More »

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

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

By Michael J. Hogan | Used Price: 90% Off

Michael Hogan shows how The Marshall Plan was more than an effort to put American aid behind the economic reconstruction of Europe. American officials hoped to refashion Western Europe into a smaller version of the integrated single-market and mixed capitalist economy that existed in the United States. Professor ... More »

The Gift

85. The Gift

By Marcel Mauss

Since its first publication in English in 1954, The Gift, Marcel Mauss's groundbreaking study of the relation between forms of exchange and social structure, has been acclaimed as a classic among anthropology texts. A brilliant example of the comparative method, ?The Gift? presents the first systematic study of the ... More »

Monopoly Capital

86. Monopoly Capital

By Paul Sweezy; Paul A. Baran | 80% Off

This landmark text by Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy is a classic of twentieth-century radical thought, a hugely influential book that continues to shape our understanding of modern capitalism. “This book… deals with a vital area of economics, has a unique approach, is stimulating and well written. It ... More »

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

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

By John Brooks | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Once in Golconda "In this book, John Brooks-who was one of the most elegant of all business writers-perfectly catches the flavor of one of history's best-known financial dramas: the 1929 crash and its aftershocks. It's packed with parallels and parables for the modern reader." -From the Foreword by ... More »

How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

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

By Erik S. Reinert

In this refreshingly revisionist history, Erik S. Reinert shows how rich countries developed through a combination of government intervention, protectionism, and strategic investment—rather than through free trade. Yet when our leaders lecture poor countries on the right path to riches they do so in almost perfect ignorance of ... More »

The Economics of Climate Change

89. The Economics of Climate Change

By Nicholas Stern | Used Price: 90% Off

There is now clear scientific evidence that emissions from economic activity, particularly the burning of fossil fuels for energy, are causing changes to the Earth's climate. A sound understanding of the economics of climate change is needed in order to underpin an effective global response to this challenge. ... More »

The Joyless Economy: The Psychology of Human Satisfaction

90. The Joyless Economy: The Psychology of Human Satisfaction

By Tibor Scitovsky | Used Price: 70% Off

When this classic work was first published in 1976, its central tenet--more is not necessarily better--placed it in direct conflict with mainstream thought in economics. Within a few years, however, this apparently paradoxical claim was gaining wide acceptance. Scitovsky's ground-breaking book was the first to apply theories ... More »

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

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

By Peter Mathias | Used Price: 80% Off

This celebrated and seminal text examines the industrial revolution, from its genesis in pre-industrial Britain, through its development and into maturity. A chapter-by-chapter analysis explores topics such as economic growth, agriculture, trade finance, labour and transport. First published in 1969, The First Industrial Nation is widely recognised ... More »

Meritocracy and Economic Inequality

92. Meritocracy and Economic Inequality

By Samuel Bowles; Kenneth Arrow; Steven N. Durlauf

Most Americans strongly favor equality of opportunity if not outcome, but many are weary of poverty's seeming immunity to public policy. This helps to explain the recent attention paid to cultural and genetic explanations of persistent poverty, including claims that economic inequality is a function of intellectual ability, ... More »

Looking Forward: Participatory Economics for the Twenty First Century

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

By Michael Albert; Robin Hahnel | Price: $0.01

How work can be organized efficiently and productively without hierarchy; how consumption could be fulfilling and also equitable; and how participatory is planning could promote solidarity and foster self-management. More »

The Unbound Prometheus

94. The Unbound Prometheus

By David S. Landes | Used Price: 80% Off

In this new edition of his classic history on revolution and economic development in Europe, David Landes reasserts his original arguments in the light of current debates about globalization and comparative economic growth. Questions about why Europe was the first to industrialize and the viability of the post-war ... More »

The Limits of Organization

95. The Limits of Organization

By Kenneth Arrow | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The tension between what we wish for and what we can get, between values and opportunities, exists even at the purely individual level. A hermit on a mountain may value warm clothing and yet be hard-pressed to make it from the leaves, bark, or skins he can find. ... More »

The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-Development

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

By Sara Roy

In this ground-breaking and comprehensive study, Sara Roy examines in detail the political economy of the Gaza Strip since the Israeli occupation in 1967. Providing an historical context for Israeli economic policy, Roy argues that despite certain economic benefits that have accrued to the Gaza Strip as ... More »

The Money Illusion

97. The Money Illusion

By Irving Fisher

2011 reprint of 1928 edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In economics, money illusion refers to the tendency of people to think of currency in nominal, rather than real, terms. This is a fallacy as modern fiat currencies have no inherent ... More »

Economic Reforms in Chile: From Dictatorship to Democracy

98. Economic Reforms in Chile: From Dictatorship to Democracy

By Ricardo Ffrench-Davis

Articulate and provocative, Richardo Ffrench-Davis offers the most comprehensive and timely assessment available of Chilean economic reform, from the military dictatorship of Pinochet in the 1970s up to the "reforms of reforms" made by the democratic governments in the 1990s.Written in accessible and readable prose, Economic Reforms in ... More »

The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

99. The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

By Gosta Esping-Andersen | 70% Off

Few discussions in modern social science have occupied as much attention as the changing nature of welfare states in Western societies. Gøsta Esping-Andersen, one of the foremost contributors to current debates on this issue, here provides a new analysis of the character and role of welfare states in ... More »

Debt: The First 5,000 Years

100. Debt: The First 5,000 Years

By David Graeber | Used Price: 60% Off

Now in paperback: David Graeber’s “fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt   Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the ... More »

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