Sunday, October 19, 2014

Summer Readings

Forward-looking members of the incoming ITFD class of 2009 are asking me for recommendations on what books to take to the beach, to prepare themselves for the courses ahead. Wow! I like it when the students ask for more even before they arrive. We must have done something right with our admission decisions.
My suggestions would be [ordered from dead-serious preparation to more entertaining and stimulating]:
  1. Krugman-Obstfeld; International Economics: Theory and Policy
  2. Krugman, Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in the Age of Diminished Expectations [a bit dated now, but incredibly well-written]
  3. Taylor-Obstfeld, Global Capital Markets: Integration, Crisis, and Growth
  4. Eichengreen, The European Economy since 1945: Coordinated Capitalism and Beyond [my favourite economic history book of the last year]
  5. Seabright, The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life

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