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Best Economic Books to Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Economic books.

1. Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (2019)

Best Economic Books to ReadInternational bestseller “Clear, concise, informative, [and] witty.” ―Chicago TribuneAt last! A new edition of the economics book that won’t put you to sleep. In fact, you won’t be able to put this bestseller down. In our challenging economic climate, this perennial favorite of students and general readers is more than a good read, it’s a necessary investment―with a blessedly sure rate of return. This revised and updated edition includes commentary on hot topics such as automation, trade, income inequality, and America’s rising debt. Ten years after the financial crisis, Naked Economics examines how policymakers managed…
Author(s): Charles Wheelan, Burton G. Malkiel

2. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics (1988)

Best Economic Books to ReadConsidered among the leading economic thinkers of the “Austrian School,” which includes Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich (F.A.) Hayek, and others, Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), was a libertarian philosopher, an economist, and a journalist. He was the founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an early editor of The Freeman magazine, an influential libertarian publication.  Hazlitt wrote Economics in One Lesson, his seminal work, in 1946. Concise and instructive, it is also deceptively prescient and far-reaching in its efforts to dissemble economic fallacies that are so prevalent they have…
Author(s): Henry Hazlitt

3. The Economics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (2018)

Best Economic Books to ReadFrom Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, to Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes, to the top economic thought leaders of today, The Economics Book is the essential reference for students and anyone else with an interest in how economies work. Easy-to-follow graphics, succinct quotations, and thoroughly accessible text throw light on the applications of economics, making them relatable through everyday examples and concerns.Employing DK’s trademark visual approach, The Economics Book takes a frequently confusing subject and makes sense of it, clearly…
Author(s): DK

4. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2016)

Best Economic Books to ReadFormer economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else—to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it.   Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and…
Author(s): John Perkins

5. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics (2016)

Best Economic Books to ReadWinner of the Nobel Prize in Economics Get ready to change the way you think about economics.Nobel laureate Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans―predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth―and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.Traditional economics assumes rational actors. Early in his research, Thaler realized these Spock-like automatons were nothing like real people. Whether buying a…
Author(s): Richard H. Thaler

6. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist (2018)

Best Economic Books to ReadA Financial Times “Best Book of 2017: Economics” 800-CEO-Read “Best Business Book of 2017: Current Events & Public Affairs” Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times. Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still taught in college courses worldwide and still used to address…
Author(s): Kate Raworth

7. Economics: The Basics (Mcgraw-hill/Irwin Series in Economics) (2011)

Best Economic Books to ReadMandel’s Economics: The Basics combines the traditional news values of immediacy and impact with a layer of educational explanation to provide a window into what’s happening in the current economy. Michael Mandel, the former Chief Economist for BusinessWeek magazine, now Chief Economist at Visible Economy LLC, writes in a journalistic style, drawing upon news articles and experience throughout the text to present economic concepts in a way that is understandable, relevant, and exciting for a broad audience. The 2nd edition’s core approach focuses on developing…
Author(s): Michael Mandel

8. Economics: The User’s Guide (2015)

Best Economic Books to ReadIn his bestselling 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works–in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks. Unlike many economists, who present only one view of their discipline, Chang introduces a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, revealing how…
Author(s): Ha-Joon Chang

9. Economics (The Mcgraw-hill Series) (2010)

Best Economic Books to ReadSteve Slavin’s lively and comprehensive Economics has a student-friendly, step-by-step approach; value pricing; and a built-in Workbook/Study Guide. Instructors and students like the author’s humorous anecdotes, direct language, patient step-by-step treatment of math, and easy conversational style. The text encourages active rather than passive reading. #742,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3660 in Economics (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Stephen Slavin

10. Economics For Dummies, 3rd Edition (2018)

Best Economic Books to ReadThis book gives you everything you need to understand our rapidly evolving economy—as well as the economic fundamentals that never change. What's the best way to fight poverty? How can governments spur employment and wage growth? What can be done to protect endangered species and the environment? This book explains the answers to those questions—and many more—in plain English. #123,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2322 in Economics (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Sean Masaki Flynn

11. Essentials of Economics (8th Edition) (2010)

Best Economic Books to ReadWill be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee. #974,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1638 in Theory of Economics #1557 in International Economics (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Schiller

12. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (2012)

Best Economic Books to ReadWhy do the poor borrow to save? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two award-winning MIT professors, answer these questions based on years of field research from around the world. Called “marvelous, rewarding” by the Wall Street Journal, the book offers a radical rethinking of the economics of poverty and an intimate view of life on 99 cents a day. Poor Economics shows that creating a world without poverty begins with understanding the daily decisions facing the poor. #17,236 in Books (See Top…
Author(s): Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo

13. Principles of Economics (2019)

Best Economic Books to ReadIn the beginning, there was Menger. It was his Principles of Economics that reformulated — and really rescued — economic science from the theoretical errors of the old classical school.Menger set out to elucidate the precise nature of economic value, and to root economics firmly in the real-world actions of individual human beings. In Principles of Economics, he advances the theory that the marginal utility of goods is the source of their value, rather than the labor inputs that went into making them. The implication of this theory is that the…
Author(s): Carl Menger , F.A. Hayek, et al.

Best Economic Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some economic books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Economics for business : competition, macro-stability, and globalisation

Author(s): Dermot McAleese
Publisher: Pearson Education, Year: [2009?], Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1175742

Theories of economic development and growth.

Author(s):
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Year: [1969], Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1285178

Policy Framework for Investment 2015.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2142012

Educational Research and Innovation the Nature of Learning : Using Research to Inspire Practice.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 2010, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2143889

Itf Round Tables Implementing Congestion Charges.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 2010, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2143942

Oecd Statistics on International Trade in Services : Volume I: Detailed Tables by Service Category - 1996-2005-2007 Edition-Statistiques de l’Ocde Sur les Čhanges Internationaux de Services: Volume I: Tableaux dŤaillš Par CatǦories de Services - 1996-2005 - ÉDition 2007.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 2009, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2147339

OECD Economic Surveys : Slovak Republic - Volume 2005 Issue 16.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 2005, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2145492

Energy Statistics of Non-OECD Countries 2002-2003 : 2005 Edition.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 2005, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2148174

International Investment Perspectives 2004.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 2004, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2149956

Energy Balances of Non-OECD Countries 2000-2001, 2003 Edition.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 2003, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2148119

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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