From the Publisher
"This is a timely, reader-friendly introduction to how the world economy works. The authors are all famous, practical economists and they do a great job of conveying the thrill and the adventure of understanding the economy in a fast-moving world."
- Lord Desai
Professor Emeritus of Economics, The London School of Economics and Political Science
"An intriguing collection of well-written essays on the global economy from some of the best and brightest economic thinkers on Wall Street. A relevant read and a good tool for anyone seeking to connect the day-to-day battles in the business world with the bigger picture."
- Rick Wagoner
Chairman and CEO, General Motors Corp.
"It is as if I entered an applied economics laboratory. This is an excellent compilation of model-free insights into the relevant economic issues that are facing usor may face us soon. In addition, it has a wealth of facts and data from which the reader can build his own critical view. I came out convinced that there was real economics after all."
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Dean's Professor in the Sciences of Uncertainty
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Author, Fooled by Randomness
"As one particularly concerned for some time about long-term fiscal responsibility, and the sustainabilityor should I say unsustainabilityof our entitlement programs and our current account deficits, I was particularly pleased to see the very high quality of the commentators and their balanced approach in these crucial fields. As for the other commentary, I learned a lot I did not know."
- Peter G. Peterson
Former Secretary of Commerce
Author, Running on Empty
"Turn to any essay in this innovative collection and you can see how Tom Keene has captured the unique niche that business economists fill in our economy. And because it is a 'real time' record, importantly covering the uncertain period following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, you can see who was right, who was wrong, and, more importantly, why. Lipsky and Glassman go out on a limb and predict the end of the jobless recovery. Malpass finds reasons for optimism following the gloomy data reported by Roach. Dudley and McKelvey draw a vicious circle and make the CBO look like Pollyanna. Always provocative, practical, and timely, but rarely in agreement, these economists' writings are invaluable to policymakers."
- John B. Taylor
Undersecretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury, 2001-2005
Raymond Professor of Economics, Stanford University
McCoy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
“All too often the insights generated by Wall Street economic thinking appear only in this week's newsletter, or that day's luncheon speech, and then vanish from view. Thomas Keene has gotten some of Wall Street's most prominent economists to step back and assess the global situation. They don't all agreethat’s what makes marketsbut their often contrasting perspectives on the economic and financial challenges the world now faces are both interesting and instructive. Many of these analyses will bear reading (and rereading) long after today’s market close."
- Benjamin M. Friedman
William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University
"In this volume, sixteen of our most respected financial economists present their analysis of the current and imminent issues facing the global economy. Any reader who delves into these pages is sure to broaden their appreciation of the key factors that are likely to shape the future for years to come."
- Martin L. Leibowitz
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Coauthor, Inside the Yield Book