The Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take on Today#8242;s Problems

The Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take on Today#8242;s Problems

by Joseph E. Stiglitz
     
 

In this unique resource, Nobel Prize winners, former presidential advisers, well-respected columnists, academics, and practitioners from across the political spectrum offer innovative policy ideas and insightful commentary on our most pressing economic issues. These essays take a hard look at the high cost of the Iraq War, provide insight and advice on global

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In this unique resource, Nobel Prize winners, former presidential advisers, well-respected columnists, academics, and practitioners from across the political spectrum offer innovative policy ideas and insightful commentary on our most pressing economic issues. These essays take a hard look at the high cost of the Iraq War, provide insight and advice on global warming, demystify Social Security, reconsider the impact of U.S. offshoring, and identify the consequences of the deindustrialization of America. They also question whether welfare reform was successful and explore the economic consequences of global warming and the rebuilding of New Orleans. Contributors describe how a simple switch in auto insurance policy could benefit the environment; they unravel the dangers of an unchecked housing bubble; and they investigate the mishandling of the lending institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Balancing empirical data with economic theory, this collection proves the economist's voice is a vital one.

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Editorial Reviews

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
A useful and often stimulating introduction to the thinking of professional economists on the salient policy issues of recent times.

— Richard N. Cooper

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

— Robert Skidelsky

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.

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231143653
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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.

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

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