EconoPower: How a New Generation of Economists Is Transforming the World

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In 2006, the Nobel Peace Prize was for the first time awarded toan economist. Once ridiculed as the "dismal" science, economics hasnow emerged as the "imperial" science that influences every aspectof daily life, from politics to education to religion to WallStreet. Like an invading army, the science of Adam Smith isoverrunning the whole of social science—law, finance,politics, history, sociology, environmentalism, religion, and evensports. In EconoPower, professional economist Mark Skousen showshow this is ...

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In 2006, the Nobel Peace Prize was for the first time awarded toan economist. Once ridiculed as the "dismal" science, economics hasnow emerged as the "imperial" science that influences every aspectof daily life, from politics to education to religion to WallStreet. Like an invading army, the science of Adam Smith isoverrunning the whole of social science—law, finance,politics, history, sociology, environmentalism, religion, and evensports. In EconoPower, professional economist Mark Skousen showshow this is happening—and how economists are solving theworld's problems on both the individual and national level.

EconoPower offers practical advice on personal financialmatters—earning, saving, investing, and retiring—based onthe breakthrough contributions of behavioral economists. It revealsexciting discoveries by economists to solve domestic problems, suchas road congestion, health care, public education, crime, and otherissues high on the public's list. And it looks at how economistsare working successfully on international issues from globalwarming to religious wars. Looking toward the future, the book alsoreveals what kind of new dynamic economic philosophy will dominatethe new millennium.

Skousen reveals how economists have gone beyond writing abstractacademic papers and books and are now applying their theories inthe real world by running businesses, consulting companies, andtaking positions in government. Economics can change people's livesand nations' fortunes for better or for worse, he explains,depending on how closely they adhere to or violate basicprinciples. Those key principles include accountability,cost-benefit analysis, investments, and entrepreneurship. Byunderstanding and incorporating these principles, better decisionswill be made on individual, corporate, and government levels. Toexplain this thesis, the author offers analyses of key economistswho have changed their views over time, an examination of majordomestic and international issues, and an explanation of howeconomists can predict which politicians will be successful.

With EconoPower as their guide, readers will gain a firmunderstanding of the influence of economics and how it can be usedto improve the world we live in.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780470138076
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/21/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Skousen is a professional economist, investment expert,university professor, and author of over twenty-five books. He hastaught economics at Columbia Business School, Columbia University,and Rollins College. Currently, he holds the Benjamin FranklinChair of Management at Grantham University. In honor of his work ineconomics, finance, and management, Grantham University renamed itsbusiness school, "The Mark Skousen School of Business." Since 1980,Skousen has been Editor in Chief of Forecasts & Strategies, apopular award-winning investment newsletter (www.markskousen.com).He is also Editor of The Worldly Philosophers Club, a weeklye-letter (www.worldlyphilosophers.com). Skousen is a former analystfor the CIA, a columnist for Forbes magazine, and past president ofthe Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York. He earnedhis PhD in economics from George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Introduction. A Golden Age of Discovery.

Part I. Personal Finance: Earning, Saving, Investing andRetiring.

Chapter 1. Economist Discovers a Painless Way to Triple YourSavings Rate: The $90 Billion Opportunity.

Chapter 2. Modern Portfolio Theory: Can You Beat Market?

Chapter 3. Yes, You Can Beat the Market…..With LessRisk.

Chapter 4. High-Return Investing: Lessons from Yale's EndowmentFund.

Chapter 5. How Chile Created a Worker-Capitalist Revolution.

Chapter 6. The Call for Social Security Reform.

Chapter 7. $4,000 a month from Social Security?

Chapter 8. How the Private Sector Solved its Own PensionCrisis.

Chapter 9. The Four Sources of Happiness: Is Money One ofThem?

Part II. Economists Enter the Corporate Boardroom.

Chapter 10. Improving the Bottom Line with EVA.

Chapter 11. How Ludwig von Mises Helped Create the World'sLargest Private Company.

Part III. Solving Domestic Problems.

Chapter 12. Look, Ma'am, No Traffic Jams.

Chapter 13. Patient Power: The New Consumer-Driven MedicinePlan.

Chapter 14. Back to Basics: Competition Enters theClassroom.

Chapter 15. Chicago Gun Show.

Chapter 16. Economists Catch Auction Fever.

Chapter 17. If You Built it (Privately)…..They Will Come:The Economics of Sports Stadiums.

Chapter 18. Who is Henry Spearman? The Economics of the MysteryNovel.

Part IV. Solving International Problems.

Chapter 19. Eco-nomics: Angry Planet or Beautiful World?

Chapter 20. The Population Bomb: Economists Enter the MalthusianDebate.

Chapter 21. A Private Sector Solution to Extreme Poverty.

Chapter 22. Poverty and Wealth: India vs. Hong Kong.

Chapter 23. How Real is the Asian Economic Miracle?

Chapter 24. Whatever happened to the Egyptians?

Chapter 25. The Irish Economic Miracle: Can We Grow Faster?

Chapter 26. The Marginal Tax Revolution:  The Laffer CurveGoes Global.

Chapter 27. The Debate over Economic Inequality: The Rich GetRicher and the Poor Get……

Chapter 28. One Graph Says It All: The Development of theEconomic Freedom Index

Chapter 29. Amazing Graph: Economists Enter Sacred Ground.

Chapter 30. Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men: The Case forReligious Competition.

Part V. Predicting the Future.

Chapter 31. New Yale Forecasting Model: Has the Irving FisherCurse Been Lifted?

Chapter 32. Forecasting Elections: Economists Do it Better.

Chapter 33. What Drives the Economy and Stocks: ConsumerSpending or Business Investment?

Chapter 34. The Midas Metal: A Golden Comeback.

Chapter 35. Is Another Great Depression Possible?

Chapter 36. Today's Most Influential Economist?

Chapter 37. Economics for the 21st Century.

Notes.

Index.

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