Good Economics for Hard Times
ISBN: 1610399501
EAN13: 9781610399500
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 12, 2019
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Two prize-winning economists show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our dayThe experience of the last decade has not been kind to the image of economists: asleep at the wheel (perhaps with the foot on the gas pedal) in the run-up to the great recession, squabbling about how to get out of it, tone-deaf in discussions of the plight of Greece or the Euro area; they seem to have lost the ability to provide reliable guidance on the great problems of the day.In this ambitious, provocative book Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo show how traditional western-centric thinking has failed to explain what is happening to people in a newly globalized world: in short Good Economics has been done badly. This precise but accessible book covers many of the most essential issues of our day--including migration, unemployment, growth, free trade, political polarization, and welfare. Banerjee and Duflo will confound and clarify the presumptions of our times, such as: Why migration doesn't follow the law of supply and demandWhy trade liberalization can drive unemployment up and wages downWhy macroeconomists like to bend the data to fit the modelWhy nobody can really explain why and when growth happensWhy economists' assumption that people don't Read More chevron_right

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