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The Economists' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More
     

The Economists' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More

by Aaron S. Edlin (Editor), Joseph E. Stiglitz (Editor)
 

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The Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take On Today's Problems featured a core collection of accessible, timely essays on the challenges facing today's global markets and financial institutions. The Economists' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More is the next installment in this popular series, gathering together the

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The Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take On Today's Problems featured a core collection of accessible, timely essays on the challenges facing today's global markets and financial institutions. The Economists' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More is the next installment in this popular series, gathering together the strongest essays published in The Economist's Voice, a nonpartisan online journal, so that students and general readers can gain a deeper understanding of the financial developments shaping their world.

This collection contains thirty-two essays written by academics, economists, presidential advisors, legal specialists, researchers, consultants, and policy makers. They tackle the plain economics and architecture of health care reform, its implications for society and the future of the health insurance industry, and the value of the health insurance subsidies and exchanges built into the law. They consider the effects of financial regulatory reform, the possibilities for ratings reform, and the issue of limiting bankers' pay. An objective examination of the financial crisis and bank bailouts results in two indispensable essays on investment banking regulation after Bear Stearns and the positives and negatives of the Paulson/Bernanke bailout. Contributors weigh the merits of future rescues and suggest alternative strategies for addressing the next financial crisis. A final section examines a unique array of topics: the stability of pension security bonds; the value of a carbon tax, especially in fostering economic and environmental sustainability; the counterintuitive perils of net neutrality; the unforeseen consequences of government debt; the meaning of the Google book search settlement; and the unexploited possibilities for profit in NFL overtime games.

Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Book Review
should be considered mandatory reading for economics studies, professionals, corporate and governmental policy makers, and non-specialist general readers...
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Praise for The Economists' Voice:

"This book demonstrates in a very accessible manner the application of economics to a variety of key public-policy issues. The essays are written by outstanding economists who are highly esteemed in the profession, and the choice of subjects is relevant and timely." — Diane Coyle, author of The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters

"A who's who of prominent economists assess today's big issues in this fascinating and readable book. Nobody who reads the op-ed page can afford to do without this." — William Easterly, professor of economics, New York University, and author of The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

"A unique collection of exceptionally insightful yet altogether accessible essays on key public policy topics." — Lawrence H. Goulder, Shuzo Nishihara Professor of Resource and Environmental Economics, Stanford University

"Provide[s] insight into issues of critical importance in twenty-first-century America. A valuable resource." — Booklist

"A genuinely useful contribution to knowledge and one that has life-changing implications for future generations." — Irish Times"A useful and often stimulating introduction to the thinking of professional economists on the salient policy issues of recent times.

" — Richard N. Cooper, Foreign Affairs"The book is full of excellent cut and thrust." — Robert Skidelsky, Times Literary Supplement

"What's really going on with social security and the price of real estate? How much does it really cost to go to war, and how much would it cost to reduce global warming? This book answers those questions and more, from the world's most respected economists." — Steven D. Levitt, Alvin Baum Professor of Economics, the University of Chicago, and author of the bestselling Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Columbia University Press

Library Journal
This follow-up to The Economists' Voice (2011) offers 32 eminently readable essays on contemporary topics far from the usual subjects of economics literature. Edited by Edlin (law & economics, Univ. of California, Berkeley) and Stiglitz (economics, Columbia Univ.; The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future), these essays come from the online quarterly The Economists' Voice, which aims to fill the economics publishing gap between formula-laden academic articles and simplified op-ed columns; its articles are accessible to general readers and cover timely subjects such as Occupy Wall Street, the Keystone pipeline, and universal broadband. This edition covers four broad topics: health-care reform, financial market regulatory reform, financial crises and bailouts, and innovations in policy and business. In keeping with the journal's mission, none of the articles contains difficult math; formulas are absent except for the last essay, about auctioning ball possession in NFL games. VERDICT An appealing and relevant book for all readers; don't judge it by its cover!—Heidi Senior, Univ. of Portland Lib., OR
Diane Coyle
This book demonstrates in a very accessible manner the application of economics to a variety of key public-policy issues. The essays are written by outstanding economists who are highly esteemed in the profession, and the choice of subjects is relevant and timely.

William Easterly
A who's who of prominent economists assess today's big issues in this fascinating and readable book. Nobody who reads the op-ed page can afford to do without this.

Lawrence H. Goulder
A unique collection of exceptionally insightful yet altogether accessible essays on key public policy topics.

Booklist
Provide[s] insight into issues of critical importance in twenty-first-century America. A valuable resource.

Irish Times
A genuinely useful contribution to knowledge and one that has life-changing implications for future generations.

Foreign Affairs - Richard N. Cooper
A useful and often stimulating introduction to the thinking of professional economists on the salient policy issues of recent times.

Times Literary Supplement - Robert Skidelsky
The book is full of excellent cut and thrust.

Steven D. Levitt
What's really going on with social security and the price of real estate? How much does it really cost to go to war, and how much would it cost to reduce global warming? This book answers those questions and more, from the world's most respected economists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231160148
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Aaron S. Edlin is the Richard W. Jennings Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds professorships in both economics and law. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Formerly, he was the senior economist covering regulation, antitrust, and industrial organization on President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University and a member and former chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. He was the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Economics. He had previously served on President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors before joining the World Bank as chief economist and senior vice president. His most recent book is Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress. With Aaron S. Edlin and J. Bradford DeLong, he is the coeditor of The Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take On Today's Problems.

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