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basic economics

 
#1 basic economics
29/10/2007 12:53

recent grad

Does anyone know a good book about basic economics? I’m not looking for a text book, but something I can read when I’m on the train that will keep me interested.

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#2 RE: basic economics
29/10/2007 16:04

Christian Harris to recent grad (#1)

David Smith has a book called, I think 'A Free Lunch: easily digestable economics' which I've read and is a relatively straightforward read (sorry I can't be 100% sure on the title, but the author is definitely right!!).

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#3 RE: basic economics
29/10/2007 16:27

rg to Christian Harris (#2)

That's one of the ones I was looking at. As well as the John Kay one mentioned in another thread.I just thought I'd poll people here to get a few more options.

I heard the John Kay one might be relatively advanced, and though I read the economist/news I'm fairly sure my economic knowledge must be basic at best.

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#4 RE: basic economics
29/10/2007 17:39

Bubble Bath to rg (#3)

Well if you cant stomach Adam Smiths the invisible hand then why not try Freakonomics?

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#5 RE: basic economics
29/10/2007 18:17

rg to Bubble Bath (#4)

I'll have a look at those two too, thanks BB. Although I thought freakonomics wasn't really a very good book? Maybe I heard wrong.

I read The Long Tail by the editor of Wired, and it was interesting enough, but I didn't really feel I learned anything from it...

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#6 RE: basic economics
29/10/2007 20:26

anon to rg (#5)

Freakonomics. shite. Should have called it "Lukewarm crayzey stats".

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#7 RE: basic economics
29/10/2007 21:24

anon to anon (#6)

I thought freakonomics was fantastic, really really good. I would def recommend it.

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#8 RE: basic economics
30/10/2007 11:21

Ash to anon (#7)

No, read the Undercover Economist. Brilliant, brilliant book.

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#9 RE: basic economics
30/10/2007 15:18

Monkey to Ash (#8)

The Undercover Economist is very basic and you will find it very dull if you already undersatnd basic economic concepts.

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#10 RE: basic economics
31/10/2007 13:20

noooo to Monkey (#9)

monkey, he ASKED for a book on basic economics, u t.w.at.

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#11 RE: basic economics
31/10/2007 13:41

rg to noooo (#10)

Basic economics is indeed what I am after. I'm not stupid so I don't need GCSE level rubbish, but I've never studdied any economics, so I'd imagine that I need the most basic of books.

After all, who's going to write a book on basic economics that is aimed at someone who is not already interested in it?

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#12 RE: basic economics
31/10/2007 14:00

Academic Economist to rg (#11)

"After all, who's going to write a book on basic economics that is aimed at someone who is not already interested in it?"

Heh... half of my university's economics faculty?

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