New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought

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The classic introduction to economic thought, now updated in time for the publication of New Ideas from Dead CEOs

This entertaining and accessible introduction to the great economic thinkers throughout history? Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and more?shows how their ideas still apply to our modern world. In this revised edition, renowned economist Todd Buchholz offers an insightful and informed perspective on key economic issues in the new ...

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Overview


The classic introduction to economic thought, now updated in time for the publication of New Ideas from Dead CEOs

This entertaining and accessible introduction to the great economic thinkers throughout history? Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and more?shows how their ideas still apply to our modern world. In this revised edition, renowned economist Todd Buchholz offers an insightful and informed perspective on key economic issues in the new millennium: increasing demand for energy, the rise of China, international trade, aging populations, health care, and the effects of global warming. New Ideas from Dead Economists is a fascinating guide to understanding both the evolution of economic theory and our complex contemporary economy.

The author examines the achievements of the outstanding ecomomists of the past 200 years and relates their theories to current issues.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Any book that wants to acquaint the general reader with the history of economic thought must be compared to Robert L. Heilbroner's classic The Worldly Philosophers (S. & S., 1980. 5th ed.). This new book compares most favorably. It is easily accessible to a general audience. Buchholz, a former Harvard economics professor now teaching at the California Western School of Law, is especially strong in discussing the development of economic thought after World War II. Highly recommended for all libraries as an effective and entertaining introduction to economists and their ideas.-- Richard C. Schiming, Mankato State Univ., Minn .
Booknews
Integrates biographical information and explanations of the key ideas of some of the most influential economists of the past. Chapters treat Adam Smith, Malthus, David Ricardo, Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Alfred Marshall, and the Institutionalists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452288447
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/6/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 108,231
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.05 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author


Todd G. Buchholz is an internationally acclaimed economist who advises ABC News, as well as some of the world's leading investment funds. He has served as a director of economic policy at the White House and is a contribuiting editor for Worth magazine. Buchholz holds advanced degrees from Cambridge University and Harvard Law School and was awarded the Allyn Young Teaching Prize by Harvard University's Department of Economics.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgments
I Introduction: The Plight of the Economist 1
II The Second Coming of Adam Smith 10
III Malthus: Prophet of Doom and Population Boom 42
IV David Ricardo and the Cry for Free Trade 68
V The Stormy Mind of John Stuart Mill 91
VI The Angry Oracle Called Karl Marx 115
VII Alfred Marshall and the Marginalist Mind 147
VIII Old and New Institutionalists 175
IX Keynes: Bon Vivant as Savior 203
X The Monetarist Battle Against Keynes 226
XI The Public Choice School: Politics as a Business 247
XII The Wild World of Rational Expectations 275
XIII Dark Clouds, Silver Linings 293
Notes 303
Index 325
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    This book is extremely well written and elucidating with regard to the influencers on today's economists and financial policy. From Paine and Malthus to Keynes and Friedman, the myriad reasons for economic tinkering (or not), profit maximization and production optimization is covered in a easy to understand and compelling manner. Objective, comprehensive (to 2007) and relevant - this book is a must for micro-economic theorists and students.

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