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ESSA’s Monthly Highlights: May

Are you in search of that next great book or article to read that could advance your economic knowledge and maybe even enrich your worldview? Look no further and join ESSA’s editorial team, as we recommend our favourite books and articles we’ve come across this month. For May’s edition, our recommendations span topics including the manipulation of consumers on behalf of tech-giants, an impressive account of History’s greatest economic thinkers and a publication that analyses pressing issues in Asian politics and economics.

Book Review: Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper

Want to learn more about the engrossing history of Bitcoin? Join Hooi San Ng as she gives her verdict on the book ‘Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money’.

ESSA’s Monthly Highlights: April

Are you in search of that next great book to read or podcast to listen to? Look no further and join ESSA’s editorial team as we recommend our favourite books and podcasts of the month, spanning the anthropology of debt, the work of a relatively unknown developmental economist and the psychology of white-collar criminals.

Good economics for hard times by Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo

“What is dangerous is not making mistakes, but to be so enamored of one’s point of view that one does not let facts get in the way. To make progress, we have to constantly go back to the facts, acknowledge our errors, and move on.” With this in mind, continue reading for this week’s book review on “Good Economics for Hard Times” by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.

The captured economy by Brink Lindsey and Steven M. Teles

There’s a lot to be learned about economics beyond lecture halls, journals and the news. Books can provide a holistic, sometimes radically different, perspective on the role of economics. What can we learn from these books? With our new weekly book review, ESSA intends to find out. This time, read on for our review of: The Captured Economy

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

There’s a lot to be learned about economics beyond lecture halls, journals and the news. Books can provide a holistic, sometimes radically different, perspective on the role of economics. What can we learn from these books? With our new weekly book review, ESSA intends to find out. Read on for our review of: Sapiens

Book Review: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

There’s a lot to be learned about economics beyond lecture halls, journals and the news. Books can provide a holistic, sometimes radically different, perspective on the role of economics. What can we learn from these books? With our new weekly book review, ESSA intends to find out. Read on for our review of the first book: Freakonomics