The best 48 Economic Theory books

Economic theory shapes our world, guiding policies, businesses, and daily decisions. Our carefully selected book list delves deep into this subject, offering valuable insights and perspectives for a comprehensive understanding of economic principles.

Dive into our collection to uncover the nuances of economic theories and their real-world implications. Ready to expand your economic wisdom and navigate the complexities of today's financial landscape?

The best 48 Economic Theory books
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Economic Theory Books: The Origin of Wealth by Eric D. Beinhocker

The Origin of Wealth

Eric D. Beinhocker
The Radical Remaking of Economics and What It Means for Business And Society
3.9 (81 ratings)
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What's The Origin of Wealth about?

The Origin of Wealth shows us the inadequacies of the economic theories that underpin our understanding of economics. The book argues that economic actors shouldn’t be seen as rational consumers that act on their self-interest. Rather, economics is best understood as a complex system of adaptation, similar to evolution, where products, ideas, and ideology compete for survival.

Who should read The Origin of Wealth?

  • Students and scholars of economic science
  • Anyone interested in economics, social sciences or business   
  • Business leaders, economists and politicians

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Economic Theory Books: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Ha-Joon Chang
3.9 (215 ratings)
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What's 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism about?

In 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Ha-Joon Chang destroys the biggest myths of our current economic approach. He explains how, despite what most economists believe, there are many things wrong with free market capitalism. As well as explaining the problems, Chang also offers possible solutions which could help us build a better, fairer world.

Who should read 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism?

  • Students of economics who are fed up with mainstream teaching
  • Anyone who takes an interest in the financial crisis and why nobody saw it coming
  • Anyone wondering why levels of inequality are so high

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Economic Theory Books: Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang

Economics: The User’s Guide

Ha-Joon Chang
4.3 (158 ratings)
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What's Economics: The User’s Guide about?

Economics: The User’s Guide lays out the foundational concepts of economics in an easily relatable and compelling way. Examining the history of economics as well as some critical changes to global economic institutions, this book will teach you everything you need to know about how economics works today.

Who should read Economics: The User’s Guide?

  • Anyone interested in the history of economics
  • Anyone interested in the intersection of politics and economics
  • Anyone who dozed through Economics 101 in college

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Economic Theory Books: The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

The Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith
4.4 (1,046 ratings)
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What's The Wealth of Nations about?

The Wealth of Nations is a profoundly influential work in the study of economics and examines exactly how nations become wealthy. Adam Smith advocates that by allowing individuals to freely pursue their own self-interest in a free market, without government regulation, nations will prosper.

Who should read The Wealth of Nations?

  • Anyone who wants to understand the foundations of capitalism and the free market
  • Anyone curious about the core tenets of a fundamental work of economic theory

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Economic Theory Books: SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

SuperFreakonomics

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
4.2 (94 ratings)
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What's SuperFreakonomics about?

SuperFreakonomics (2009) explains why thinking like an economist can help us understand our modern world. These blinks illustrate key economic principles and the importance of collecting data with colorful stories from human history, and offers surprising solutions for the global problems that we face today.

Who should read SuperFreakonomics?

  • Anyone interested in entertaining, statistical facts about human behavior
  • Math buffs who believe in the power of statistics
  • Anyone curious about a very cheap way to stop global warming

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Economic Theory Books: Portfolios of the Poor by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, Orlanda Ruthven

Portfolios of the Poor

Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, Orlanda Ruthven
How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day
3.3 (21 ratings)
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What's Portfolios of the Poor about?

Portfolios of the Poor (2009) details the creative financial strategies that the world’s poorest people use to get by. These blinks explain how people with no educational background whatsoever manage their finances.

Who should read Portfolios of the Poor?

  • People who want to understand the realities faced by the world’s poor
  • Those seeking productive ways to end poverty

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Economic Theory Books: Meltdown by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Meltdown

Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse
3.9 (43 ratings)
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What's Meltdown about?

Meltdown (2009) gives you a guide to understanding the government regulations which in effect caused the 2008 global financial crisis. These blinks will explain how government spending has and always will worsen economic recessions, and importantly, what needs to be done to save the world economy.

Who should read Meltdown?

  • Students of economics or finance
  • Anyone interested in the causes of the 2008 financial crisis
  • People sick of the meddling of “big government”

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Economic Theory Books: Austerity by Mark Blyth

Austerity

Mark Blyth
The History of a Dangerous Idea
4.4 (50 ratings)
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What's Austerity about?

Austerity (2013) cuts through the confusion behind our recent financial crises and reveals what really happens when economists call for a policy of austerity to be implemented. This is when budgets are cut, public funding is slashed and working-class families suffer so that banks can be saved and continue to make billions. Find out what’s really going on and who’s really being protected when your country gets pushed into austerity.

Who should read Austerity?

  • Students of political science and economics
  • Readers who want a better understanding of the recent banking crisis
  • Activists fighting against the top 1 percent

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Economic Theory Books: Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole

Economics for the Common Good

Jean Tirole
4.0 (68 ratings)
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What's Economics for the Common Good about?

Jean Tirole’s Economics for the Common Good (2017) is a wide-ranging look at the contemporary economy, packed with plenty of insights into the theory and practice of modern-day economics. Deconstructing the supposed opposition of state and market, Tirole explores their many interconnections in fields ranging from climate change to property rights and the new digital economy.

Who should read Economics for the Common Good?

  • Anyone interested in the how, what and why of economics
  • Proponents of free markets and advocates of state regulation
  • Anyone who’s ever wondered why climate change is so hard to tackle

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Economic Theory Books: Adaptive Markets by Andrew W. Lo

Adaptive Markets

Andrew W. Lo
Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought
4.1 (82 ratings)
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What's Adaptive Markets about?

Adaptive Markets (2017) is about a new economic theory that helps us better understand the human element behind financial markets. Andrew W. Lo expertly illustrates the shortcomings of current prevailing economic theories, showing us how finance is less like physics or math and more like a responsive and evolving organism – not unlike ourselves.

Who should read Adaptive Markets?

  • Investors interested in finance and how the market works
  • Readers interested in the science of money
  • Students of economics

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Economic Theory Books: Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics

Kate Raworth
Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
4.1 (195 ratings)
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What's Doughnut Economics about?

Doughnut Economics (2017) is a call to arms for a fresh approach to economics. As inequality soars and environmental crisis looms, the book’s central question has never seemed more relevant. How can we build a just economic system that allows us to thrive while preserving the planet? A good place to start, Kate Raworth suggests, is to do away with the old myths that have shaped economic thinking for so long. Zeroing in on the doughnut-shaped “sweet spot” in which our needs can be sustainably met, this is a thought-provoking read which might just help save the world.

Who should read Doughnut Economics?

  • Anyone losing sleep over the Earth’s future as climate change kicks in
  • Economic innovators in search of new models for a new century
  • Fans of fresh thinking on big topics

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Economic Theory Books: Edge of Chaos by Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Dambisa Moyo
Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth – and How to Fix It
3.9 (62 ratings)
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What's Edge of Chaos about?

Edge of Chaos (2018) examines the key challenges that liberal democracies around the world are facing today. Aging populations, limited resources and increasing debt are all threats to these countries’ economic well-being – but so too are the “remedies” of short-term policies and protectionism. Author Dambisa Moyo examines that misguided agenda and presents a radical blueprint for economic growth in the twenty-first century.

Who should read Edge of Chaos?

  • Citizens concerned about Brexit and Donald Trump
  • Policymakers interested in rebuilding their political systems
  • Curious readers hoping to get a grip on global economic systems

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Economic Theory Books: Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman

Capitalism and Freedom

Milton Friedman
4.4 (583 ratings)
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What's Capitalism and Freedom about?

Capitalism and Freedom (1962) is one of the most influential discussions of the relationship between economic and political freedom to have ever been put to paper. Written at the height of the Cold War between Soviet socialism and Western capitalism, Milton Friedman argues that only free markets can guarantee liberty. His theory remains every bit as relevant and thought-provoking today as when it was first published.

Who should read Capitalism and Freedom?

  • Economics buffs fascinated by the intellectual history of the last century
  • Free-marketeers, classical liberals and libertarians
  • Opponents of free-market capitalism interested in the other side of the argument

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Economic Theory Books: Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Utopia for Realists

Rutger Bregman
And How We Can Get There
4.4 (280 ratings)
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What's Utopia for Realists about?

Utopia for Realists (2016) is a call to arms for a radical rethinking of life, work and how society functions. It argues that the world enjoys unprecedented wealth and material comfort but is still full of problems, from soul-destroying jobs to inequality and poverty. We have the power to solve these problems and build a better future if we embrace utopian thinking.

Who should read Utopia for Realists?

  • Blue-sky thinkers
  • Socially engaged people who want to eradicate poverty 
  • Frustrated citizens who feel there must be a better way to organize our society and economy

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Economic Theory Books: Licence to be Bad by Jonathan Aldred

Licence to be Bad

Jonathan Aldred
How Economics Corrupted Us
3.9 (121 ratings)
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What's Licence to be Bad about?

Licence to be Bad (2019) explains how in the past 50 years a small handful of economists has drastically changed the way we think about the subject. Ideas including game theory, public choice theory, and free-riding have worked their way into our minds and our discourse, apparently permitting us to behave badly.

Who should read Licence to be Bad?

  • Economists interested in rethinking the subject
  • Ethics enthusiasts with an interest in recent thought
  • Anyone wondering why we think the things we do

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Economic Theory Books: Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

Yanis Varoufakis
A Brief History of Capitalism
4.4 (181 ratings)
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What's Talking to My Daughter About the Economy about?

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy (2018) is a lucid and accessible account of our current economic system. This engaging primer explains what economics is, what it does, and why it became such a force in our everyday lives.

Who should read Talking to My Daughter About the Economy?

  • Political junkies hungry for accessible economic theory
  • Everyday citizens seeking to engage with politics
  • Anyone interested in understanding our current economic system

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Economic Theory Books: Austerity by Alberto Alesina, Carlo Favero and Francesco Giavazzi

Austerity

Alberto Alesina, Carlo Favero and Francesco Giavazzi
When It Works and When It Doesn't
3.9 (37 ratings)
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What's Austerity about?

Austerity (2019) uses data analysis to look at one of the most controversial topics in economics today. An analysis of several countries’ austerity policies over the past several decades reveals that cutting spending can actually help the economy expand.

Who should read Austerity?

  • Economists keen to learn more about austerity
  • Politicians looking to brush up on their economics
  • Anyone who wants to understand the numbers behind government policy

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Economic Theory Books: Open by Johan Norberg

Open

Johan Norberg
The Story of Human Progress
4.5 (67 ratings)
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What's Open about?

Open (2020) traces the progress of ancient and modern human accomplishments, and reveals that behind all of our major advancements is a policy of openness, tolerance, and free trade. You’ll see how, from the Phoenicians to the Dutch East India Trading Company, the free flow of commerce and ideas has led to wealth, innovation, and problem-solving that would have never been possible otherwise.

Who should read Open?

  • History buffs
  • Those interested in the Brexit debate
  • People keen to know the secrets of innovation and progress

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Economic Theory Books: The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato

The Value of Everything

Mariana Mazzucato
Making and Taking in the Global Economy
4.4 (148 ratings)
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What's The Value of Everything about?

The Value of Everything (2018) presents an argument for redefining value in the economy so that we can better understand who really creates value, and who extracts it.

Who should read The Value of Everything?

  • Economists eager for new ideas
  • Fans of politics in search of change
  • Lovers of radical ideas and ambitious visions

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Economic Theory Books: The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

The Psychology of Money

Morgan Housel
Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness
4.4 (1,999 ratings)
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What's The Psychology of Money about?

The Psychology of Money (2020) looks at the way money works in the real world. Financial decisions are rarely driven by the theories of economists and the neat spreadsheets of accountants. Instead, a myriad of factors, from personal history to pride and even envy, shape our decision-making. The results are often surprising – and always fascinating.

Who should read The Psychology of Money?

  • Investors and savers
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • History buffs

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Economic Theory Books: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy by Joseph Schumpeter

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy

Joseph Schumpeter
Essential analysis on where the world economy is headed
4.1 (640 ratings)
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What's Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy about?

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1942) is a seminal work of economics. Its ideas have proven prophetic, and remain relevant to this day. It claims that capitalism will ultimately be eroded by the very processes that define it. It also explains the differences between capitalism and socialism and their relationship to democracy, and helps readers understand the role of entrepreneurship and creative destruction in modern capitalism.

Who should read Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy?

  • Students of the social sciences
  • Those interested in politics, economy, and their histories
  • Critical thinkers curious about the future of capitalism

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Economic Theory Books: A Little History of Economics by Niall Kishtainy

A Little History of Economics

Niall Kishtainy
4.5 (292 ratings)
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What's A Little History of Economics about?

A Little History of Economics (2017) is a whistle-stop tour of the major questions posed by economists through the centuries, from Aristotle to Thomas Piketty. It examines questions of inequality, selfishness, and the role government should play in economies. 

Who should read A Little History of Economics?

  • The econo-curious
  • Those looking for a bird’s eye view of economics
  • Students of broad-scope history

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Economic Theory Books: Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell

Economic Facts and Fallacies

Thomas Sowell
3.4 (751 ratings)
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What's Economic Facts and Fallacies about?

Economic Facts and Fallacies (2008) takes some common assumptions about economics and politics and reveals them as fallacies. It’s only by facing uncomfortable truths, the book argues, that we can begin to solve the problems in front of us.

Who should read Economic Facts and Fallacies?

  • Those interested in politics and economics
  • Anyone looking for a contrary perspective
  • Libertarians and conservatives

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Economic Theory Books: The Constitution of Liberty by Friedrich A. Hayek

The Constitution of Liberty

Friedrich A. Hayek
In Defense of Freedom and a Free Society
3.9 (305 ratings)
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What's The Constitution of Liberty about?

The Constitution of Liberty (1960) is a classic of economic philosophy. As one of the seminal texts of modern liberalism, it reminds us of the values of individual freedom, limited government, and universal principles of law. First published in the 1960s, it contends that social progress depends on the free market rather than on socialist planning. This work remains relevant in an age where socialist ideas are gaining new popularity. 

Who should read The Constitution of Liberty?

  • Students of twentieth-century history, politics, and economy 
  • Progressives and conservatives curious about liberalism 
  • Anyone interested in economic philosophy

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Economic Theory Books: Stop. Think. Invest. by Michael Bailey

Stop. Think. Invest.

Michael Bailey
​​A Behavioral Finance Framework for Optimizing Investment Portfolios
3.9 (336 ratings)
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What's Stop. Think. Invest. about?

Stop. Think. Invest. (2022) takes a look at behavioral economics, a field of study that explores the roles of human emotion and behavior in financial decision-making. It examines how people’s unconscious biases and inherent aversions influence their decisions in every aspect of the investment process.

Who should read Stop. Think. Invest.?

  • Anyone curious about the field of behavioral economics
  • Investors who’d like to make better decisions
  • Would-be financiers interested in making their first investment

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Economic Theory Books: Slouching Towards Utopia by J. Bradford DeLong

Slouching Towards Utopia

J. Bradford DeLong
An Economic History of the Twentieth Century
4.0 (46 ratings)
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What's Slouching Towards Utopia about?

Slouching Towards Utopia (2022) examines the “long century” between 1870 and 2010, during which technological progress, globalization, and the advent of social democracy opened a new horizon of human progress. Barring the horror years of World Wars I and II, humanity seemed to be on a slow, uneven crawl toward utopia. But in 2010, the tables turned. Economic progress in the Global North ground to a halt. 

Who should read Slouching Towards Utopia?

  • History buffs
  • John Maynard Keynes fans
  • Anyone wondering how the world became so unequal

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Economic Theory Books: Inflation Matters by Pete Comley

Inflation Matters

Pete Comley
Inflationary Wave Theory, Its Impact on Inflation Past and Present ... and the Deflation Yet to Come
4.4 (274 ratings)
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What's Inflation Matters about?

Inflation Matters (2015) takes what’s often presented as a dense and complicated –⁠ not to mention boring –⁠ subject and turns it into something anyone can understand. Using simple, clear explanations, it presents the reasons why inflation exists, what and who perpetuates it, and how it impacts both the economy and society as a whole. Analyzing historical trends, it also presents a theory that inflation tends to follow a wavelike pattern over time –⁠ but that it doesn’t necessarily need to remain that way.

Who should read Inflation Matters?

  • People concerned about rising inflation and what it means for them
  • Amateur investors and economists
  • Anyone who wants to become more economically and financially literate

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Economic Theory Books: Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

Basic Economics

Thomas Sowell
A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
4.4 (634 ratings)
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What's Basic Economics about?

Basic Economics (2000) provides a broad yet comprehensive introduction to economic principles, without requiring a background in the subject. Avoiding complicated jargon, it explains core economic concepts in plain English, with the help of real-life examples. 

Who should read Basic Economics?

  • Those looking for an introduction to key economic topics
  • Savers wondering what banks do with their money
  • Anyone who’s asked themselves how dams and highways get built

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Economic Theory Books: The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes

The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money

John Maynard Keynes
3.9 (48 ratings)
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What's The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money about?

The General Theory of Employment (1936) is a deep dive into the complexities of economic activity and employment. It critically examines how factors like interest rates, human psychology, and speculation influence investment and, ultimately, employment. It argues for more direct intervention by public authorities in organizing investment to mitigate instabilities, particularly during periods of economic downturn.

Who should read The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money?

  • Economics students seeking in-depth knowledge
  • Policymakers interested in macroeconomic strategies
  • Enthusiasts of economic theory and history

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Economic Theory Books: Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Edwin Lefèvre
3.8 (150 ratings)
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What's Reminiscences of a Stock Operator about?

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923) looks at the life and trading strategies of Jesse Livermore, a professional stock and commodities trader, through the pseudonymous character of Larry Livingston. It explores the psychological challenges and strategic complexities of trading, offering timeless insights into market behavior and the discipline required for success in the financial world.

Who should read Reminiscences of a Stock Operator?

  • Aspiring traders seeking market wisdom
  • Investors interested in trading history
  • Business students applying real-world trading

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Economic Theory Books: Capital by Karl Marx

Capital

Karl Marx
A Critique of Political Economy
4.3 (368 ratings)
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What's Capital about?

Capital (1867) represents a groundbreaking analysis of money and its many roles at the height of the industrial revolution. By focusing on the exploitation of the working class, the text challenges traditional economic theories and frames a capitalist economy as a system inherently leading to social inequality and class struggle.

Who should read Capital?

  • Students studying political theory, economics, or sociology
  • Those curious about one of the most influential texts in economics
  • Readers seeking insights on class struggles and social inequalities

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Economic Theory Books: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty
3.5 (165 ratings)
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What's Capital in the Twenty-First Century about?

Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013) offers a deep dive into the historical trends and dynamics of income and wealth inequality. Drawing from centuries of data, it examines how capital concentration perpetuates inequality and proposes bold solutions to address this growing divide.

Who should read Capital in the Twenty-First Century?

  • Economists studying wealth dynamics
  • Those who would like to contextualize modern economic issues with historical data
  • Advocates for social justice and economic equality

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Economic Theory Books: Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty

Capital and Ideology

Thomas Piketty
3.1 (127 ratings)
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What's Capital and Ideology about?

Capital and Ideology (2019) delves into the historical evolution and justification of economic inequality across various societies and ideological systems. It scrutinizes the roles of property relations and educational structures in consolidating wealth and power, concluding with proposals for progressive policies to mitigate prevailing inequalities.

Who should read Capital and Ideology?

  • Economic students exploring comprehensive analyses of wealth disparity and its historical context
  • Historians interested in the evolution of economic structures and ideologies across civilizations
  • Policy-makers seeking to understand and address economic inequalities

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Economic Theory Books: Prediction Machines by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb

Prediction Machines

Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb
The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
4.0 (366 ratings)
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What's Prediction Machines about?

Prediction Machines (2018) delves into the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on the economics of decision-making. It highlights how AI reduces the cost of predictions, reshapes business problems, and influences decision-making amid uncertainty. The work further explores the value of data in today’s AI-driven economy and the changing dynamics between human labor and automation.

Who should read Prediction Machines?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to leverage AI in their startups
  • Business students looking at the future of industries influenced by AI
  • Tech enthusiasts curious about the intersection of AI and economics

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Economic Theory Books: Narrative and Numbers by Aswath Damodaran

Narrative and Numbers

Aswath Damodaran
The Value of Stories in Business
3.7 (27 ratings)
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What's Narrative and Numbers about?

Narrative and Numbers (2017) explores the role of storytelling and quantitative analysis in determining corporate valuations. It reveals how narratives may greatly influence financial models and projections, using real-world examples ranging from Uber to Vale, and including Twitter and Facebook's diverging paths.

Who should read Narrative and Numbers?

  • Savvy market strategists
  • Story-driven executives
  • Pragmatic finance scholars

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Economic Theory Books: The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow

The House of Morgan

Ron Chernow
An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
3.5 (162 ratings)
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What's The House of Morgan about?

The House of Morgan (1990) chronicles the influential Morgan dynasty, who shaped the course of modern finance through their shrewd financial acumen and keen understanding of world economic currents. This portrait, spanning four generations, details the rise of the Morgans from Victorian London to their pinnacle during the 1987 financial crisis. 

Who should read The House of Morgan?

  • Financial enthusiasts
  • History buffs
  • Corporate professionals

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Economic Theory Books: Pillars of Wealth by David M. Greene

Pillars of Wealth

David M. Greene
How to Make, Save, and Invest Your Way to Financial Freedom
4.0 (170 ratings)
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What's Pillars of Wealth about?

Pillars of Wealth (2023) outlines a proven strategy for accumulating wealth through real estate. With the right mindset and the strategies included in the three pillars of wealth – defense, offense, and investing – anyone can build a multi-million-dollar net worth. 

Who should read Pillars of Wealth?

  • Anyone who’s struggled to generate wealth
  • People looking to build their wealth through real estate
  • Those interested in realistic ways to think about property and personal finances

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Economic Theory Books: Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

Capitalist Realism

Mark Fisher
Is There No Alternative?
3.9 (232 ratings)
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What's Capitalist Realism about?

Capitalist Realism (2009) offers an analysis of how contemporary society is shaped and constrained by capitalist ideology. You'll explore the concept of “capitalist realism” – the pervasive sense that no alternative to capitalism is possible. This influential work challenges you to consider the psychological and cultural impacts of living under such a dominant economic system, prompting a reevaluation of societal structures and personal beliefs.

Who should read Capitalist Realism?

  • Anyone feeling let down by our current social or economic systems
  • Activists seeking insights on capitalist influence in society
  • Students of political theory or philosophy

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Economic Theory Books: A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Burton G. Malkiel
The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing
3.9 (85 ratings)
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What's A Random Walk Down Wall Street about?

A Random Walk Down Wall Street (1973) looks at the unpredictability of stock market prices, linking their movements to a “random walk.” It dispels the generally accepted belief in discernible market patterns, suggesting that consistent gains are not a product of easily-chartered trends.

Who should read A Random Walk Down Wall Street?

  • Aspiring investors
  • Stock market analysts
  • Economists interested in financial market patterns

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Economic Theory Books: Milton Friedman by Jennifer Burns

Milton Friedman

Jennifer Burns
The Last Conservative
4.2 (152 ratings)
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What's Milton Friedman about?

Milton Friedman (2023) provides a nuanced biography of the influential free-market economist. Tracing Friedman's groundbreaking work across diverse policy areas, it explores his instrumental role in the rise of modern American conservatism and free market ideology. 

Who should read Milton Friedman?

  • Those looking to understand the roots of modern neoliberalism
  • Students of public policy and political history
  • Anyone interested in impactful, paradigm-shifting thinkers

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Economic Theory Books: Same as Ever by Morgan Housel

Same as Ever

Morgan Housel
A Guide to What Never Changes
4.3 (245 ratings)
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What's Same as Ever about?

Same as Ever (2023) invites you to identify the things that stay the same so you can successfully navigate this ever-changing world. Engaging stories, witty examples, and a whole lot of practical advice combine into a master class on assessing risk, seizing opportunity, and living your best life – and not just financially.

Who should read Same as Ever?

  • Investors looking to understand risk and optimize investment strategies
  • Entrepreneurs seeking guidance on opportunities and challenges
  • Those Striving for more fulfillment, meaning, and purpose in their financial lives and beyond

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Economic Theory Books: The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

The Society of the Spectacle

Guy Debord
3.8 (65 ratings)
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What's The Society of the Spectacle about?

The Society of the Spectacle (1967) plunges into an intricate world where media, culture, and consumerism converge, shaping perceptions and experiences. It’s a journey through a labyrinth of modern life's illusions, offering insights on discerning reality amidst the dazzling distortions and finding your path in a world awash with reflective deceits.

Who should read The Society of the Spectacle?

  • Critical thinkers and social commentators
  • Students and enthusiasts of political theory
  • Budding philosophers and cultural theorists

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Economic Theory Books: Power And Prediction by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb

Power And Prediction

Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb
The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence
3.2 (67 ratings)
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What's Power And Prediction about?

Power And Prediction (2018) explores the impact of AI's advancements in prediction on decision-making processes, where AI handles the predictive elements and human judgment is important in their interpretation and application.

Who should read Power And Prediction?

  • AI enthusiasts
  • Business leaders
  • Career strategists

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Economic Theory Books: Number Go Up by Zeke Faux

Number Go Up

Zeke Faux
Inside Crypto's Wild Rise and Staggering Fall
3.7 (139 ratings)
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What's Number Go Up about?

Number Go Up (2023) dives into the tumultuous and transformative world of cryptocurrencies. It traces the revolutionary rise of Bitcoin, the pivotal role and controversies of stablecoins like Tether, and the ambitious yet complex venture of El Salvador adopting Bitcoin as legal tender. Uncover the intricacies and challenges of a world redefined by digital currencies, and get a compelling look at the future of finance and its potential impact on global economies.

Who should read Number Go Up?

  • Cryptocurrency enthusiasts and investors
  • Finance and technology professionals
  • Anyone interested in economic innovation and trends

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Economic Theory Books: The Case for Good Jobs by Zeynep Ton

The Case for Good Jobs

Zeynep Ton
How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone's Jobs
3.7 (10 ratings)
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What's The Case for Good Jobs about?

The Case for Good Jobs (2023) illustrates how market wages often fail to cover workers' basic needs, spotlighting the necessity for businesses to revalue labor and adopt good job practices.

Who should read The Case for Good Jobs?

  • Business leaders
  • HR professionals
  • Social activists

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Economic Theory Books: The Technology Trap by Carl Benedikt Frey

The Technology Trap

Carl Benedikt Frey
Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation
3.5 (12 ratings)
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What's The Technology Trap about?

The Technology Trap (2019) explores the impact of technological progress on economic and political dynamics throughout history. It draws rich parallels between the Industrial Revolution and the current age of automation, highlighting the potential for both long-term progress and short-term disruption.

Who should read The Technology Trap?

  • Business leaders looking to navigate the changing landscape of work
  • Those concerned about the future of work in an automated world
  • Anyone worried about the social impact of artificial intelligence

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Economic Theory Books: Financial Literacy for All by John Hope Bryant

Financial Literacy for All

John Hope Bryant
Disrupting Struggle, Advancing Financial Freedom, and Building a New American Middle Class
3.3 (14 ratings)
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What's Financial Literacy for All about?

Financial Literacy for All (2024) equips you to navigate the complexities of personal and community finances with greater proficiency and understanding. It reveals how financial education can transform your economic stability and unlock opportunities by managing credit more effectively. This guide is essential for anyone looking to enhance their financial literacy and make informed decisions that pave the way to personal and communal prosperity.

Who should read Financial Literacy for All?

  • Young adults entering the workforce
  • Educators and financial advisors
  • Policymakers in education and finance

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Economic Theory Books: The Algebra of Wealth by Scott Galloway

The Algebra of Wealth

Scott Galloway
A Simple Formula for Financial Security
4.0 (22 ratings)
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What's The Algebra of Wealth about?

The Algebra of Wealth (2024) provides a guide to optimizing financial success in today’s economy. It emphasizes focusing on talent over passion for career decisions, leveraging economic trends, and making small financial moves with significant long-term returns. It also incorporates stoic principles to encourage better financial habits and reduced spending.

Who should read The Algebra of Wealth?

  • Young professionals seeking financial success strategies
  • Career changers aiming to optimize their talent
  • Students studying personal finance and economic trends

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What's the best Economic Theory book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard The Origin of Wealth as the ultimate read on Economic Theory.

What are the Top 10 Economic Theory books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The Origin of Wealth by Eric D. Beinhocker
  • 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang
  • Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang
  • The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  • SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Portfolios of the Poor by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, Orlanda Ruthven
  • Meltdown by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
  • Austerity by Mark Blyth
  • Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole
  • Adaptive Markets by Andrew W. Lo

Who are the top Economic Theory book authors?

When it comes to Economic Theory, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Eric D. Beinhocker
  • Ha-Joon Chang
  • Ha-Joon Chang
  • Adam Smith
  • Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner