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Books be e-axes - Jun 2014

"Anarchy Unbound - Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think" by Peter T. Leeson
Fri, 2014-06-06 14:59   -   (0) comments

"In the best tradition of Coase, Peter Leeson shows how, in most surprising times and places, individuals managed to organize their lives and affairs cooperatively without any help from government. The history in this book is fascinating; the economics is powerful; and the writing is beautiful."-- Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University

"Immigration Economics" by George J. Borjas
Fri, 2014-06-06 15:54   -   (0) comments

“This excellent book is crisply and clearly written and makes a significant contribution to the fields of labor and immigration economics. It will be a go-to resource on immigration for many years to come.”--Gordon H. Hanson, University of California, San Diego

"Speculation, Trading, and Bubbles" by José A. Scheinkman
Thu, 2014-06-26 14:45   -   (0) comments

"José A. Scheinkman creates a fascinating model of bubbles fueled by differences in traders' beliefs. His analysis of traders' incentives to increase supplies in response to bubbles is full of implications about when to regulate derivatives and when to stand aside. Scheinkman's book is a masterpiece of theory and policy analysis, a fitting tribute to Kenneth J. Arrow." -- Thomas J. Sargent, New York University, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics

The"Citizen's Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century" by Joseph R. Blasi, Richard B. Freeman, and Douglas L. Kruse
Thu, 2014-06-26 14:55   -   (0) comments

“A few years ago, Blasi, Kruse, and Freeman caught people’s attention with an intriguing thesis: that a company performs better when owned by its workers . In this book, the authors go a step further. They make the interesting and provocative claim that worker ownership also improves democracy. Readers may disagree with the conclusion, but they will want to understand the argument.” --Eric S. Maskin, Nobel laureate in Economics, Harvard University

"Ruling Capital - Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Cross-Border Finance" by Kevin P. Gallagher
Thu, 2014-06-26 15:03   -   (0) comments

"Ruling Capital is a very good book that makes important contributions to the study of global finance. Kevin P. Gallagher's claims that the theory and practice of capital controls have been transformed are compelling and invite engagement."--Rawi Abdelal, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Harvard Business School,

"Globalization in Practice" edited by Nigel Thrift, Adam Tickell, Steve Woolgar, and William H. Rupp
Thu, 2014-06-26 15:12   -   (0) comments

The essays challenge this dominant understanding of 'globalization from above' through explorations of the mundane means by which globalization has been achieved. Instead of a focus on the meta-political economy of global capitalism, the book concentrates on the everyday life of capitalism, the not-so-'little' things that keep the 'large' forces of globalization ticking over.

"Europe and the Governance of Global Finance" edited by Daniel Mügge
Thu, 2014-06-26 15:27   -   (0) comments

This book offers comprehensive coverage of: how and why global and European financial governance have co-evolved over time; how global and European rules, institutions, and actors are linked today; and what this implies for future global and European financial governance.

"Think Like a Freak" by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Thu, 2014-06-26 15:45   -   (0) comments

“Good ideas... expressed with panache.” -- Financial Times

"Greece: From Exit to Recovery?" by Michael Mitsopoulos and Theodore Pelagidis
Thu, 2014-06-26 15:57   -   (0) comments

Greece: From Exit to Recovery? explores the lead up to Greece’s adoption of the euro. Authors Theodore Pelagidis and Michael Mitsopoulos believe that the ensuing challenges were foreseeable. In fact, the authors posit that it was Greece’s difficultly in dealing with those challenges that sparked the euro crisis

"Europe's Crisis, Europe's Future" by Kemal Derviş and Jacques Mistral
Thu, 2014-06-26 16:15

In Europe’s Crisis, Europe’s Future, an international group of economic analysts provides an insightful view of the crisis. How did mismanagement of a crisis in a marginal economy spark such a wildfire? After all, Greece is responsible for only 2% of the eurozone’s total GDP, yet the crisis in Athens threatened to grow into a worldwide contagion.

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