What 10 books to assign?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Arnold Kling tries to decide on what 10 books to assign for a first-year economics seminar:

  1. Animal Spirits by Akerlof and Shiller
  2. The Price of Everything by Russ Roberts
  3. The Wordly Philosophers, by Heilbroner. Also on Mankiw’s list.
  4. The Mind and the Market, by Jerry Muller. Another history of economic thought, more difficult than Heilbroner.
  5. A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burt Malkiel. Mankiw is also a Malkiel fan, although Malkiel does not make his list.
  6. The Power of Productivity, by William Lewis
  7. Poverty and Discrimination, by Kevin Lang
  8. Manias, Panics, and Crashes, by Charles Kindleberger
  9. Fool’s Gold, by Gillian Tett
  10. Farewell to Alms, by Gregory Clark

I’ve read shockingly few of those.

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