Good Economics for Hard Times

ISBN: 9780141986197
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The winners of the Nobel Prize show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day.

Figuring out how to deal with today's critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it.

Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change--these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington, DC. The resources to address these challenges are there--what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable.

In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo take on this challenge, building on cutting-edge research in economics explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative, and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times makes a persuasive case for an intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect. It is an extraordinary achievement, one that shines a light to help us appreciate and understand our precariously balanced world.
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Publisher,Penguin Books Ltd
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Navin Laxman

Delivery was fast and efficient. book in good condition also.

Ikram Kausari
Economics is too important to be left to economists.

The book is well written and researched. In fact, it is surprisingly easy to read and understand for a lay person. The authors take a global approach to the subject. What impressed me was the fact they actually did research and analyzed data to find out what worked or not. They examined the most crucial issues the world faces such as migration, trade wars, inequality and climate change. They said “the book’s urgent task is to emphasize that there are no iron laws of economics keeping us from building a more humane world.” I was impressed with their methodical deconstruction of fake facts. I found this book most interesting and highly recommend it.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. I am going to buy a hardback copy to keep as a reference book. The book is fourteen hours and forty-five minutes. James Lurie does a good job narrating the book. Lurie is an actor, voice-over artist and a well-known audiobook narrator.