Friday, December 04, 2009

Economist: The Best Books of the Year

The Economists list is linked here 

Below is my next read, following the reviews. 3 others in the Economics and Business category also look good.

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities. By John Cassidy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 416 pages; $28. Allen Lane; £25
A sharp look at the roots of the financial crisis that turns into an excellent history of economic thought, by a British writer at the New Yorker.

1 comment:

Mark Kleiman said...

If you'll pardon the self-promotion, one of the books on The Economists's list is When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment. They list it under "culture," but in fact it's largely a mix of behavioral economics (I claim that Ainslie and Kahnemann & Tversky create a basis for Beccaria's claim that swiftness and certainty of punishment are more important than severity in generating deterrence) and game theory.