Book Recommendations for Curious Economics Students
My aim each semester is to inspire students to continue exploring economics. If I’ve accomplished that goal, I consider the semester a success.
One way I can measure success is by the number of students who request further readings. Each semester, a handful ask for more information on the Fed, behavioral economics, or several other economic topics.
Over the years, I’ve added to a list of books I’ve read that I recommend. You can find many of the books below and more on Jadrian Wooten’s Top Popular Press Books for Economics Students. Along with his coauthor, Jared McEntaffer, Wooten reached out to faculty and “received responses from 117 different individuals who recommended 150+ books.” They then reported the top 10. His list is excellent, and I continually send out his link along with the other books mentioned below. Instead of emailing each student individually, I’ve decided to create this article for efficiency.
Fun Reads on Economics & Behavioral Economics
Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner
Super Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner
More Sex is Safer Sex by Landsburg
The Armchair Economist by Landsburg
Nudge by Thaler
Misbehaving by Thaler
Fed & Financial Crisis (*My Favs)
The Courage to Act by Bernanke
Stress Test by Geithner
The Big Short by Lewis
Current Economic Issues
New Geography of Jobs by Moretti
Diversity Explosion by Frey
Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade… by Clausing
History of Economics
Keynes Hayek by Wapshott
The Worldly Philosophers by Heilbroner
The above is just a small number of excellent books available to the curious economic student. If you have additional readings you think should be included, please drop them in the comments. I plan to continually update this article to reflect more recently published books in this space.
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James Tierney is an improviser and economics instructor. Follow him on Twitter for some amusement. Check out these other articles on economics he’s published to Medium:
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