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Too Much Finance? (PDF Download)

by Jean-Louis Arcand & Enrico Berkes

This paper examines whether there is a threshold above which financial development no longer has a positive effect on economic growth. We use different empirical approaches to show that there can indeed be "too...


The United States and the Global Economy: From Bretton Woods to the Current Crisis

by Frederick S. Weaver

In The United States and the Global Economy, Frederick S. Weaver gives readers a concise introduction to the patterns of change in international financial and trade regimes since World War II in order to deepen...


What's the Economy For, Anyway?: Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness

by John de Graaf & David Batker

Named Best Business Book for Fall 2011 by Publishers Weekly

The question no one ever bothered to ask about the economy: How can we make it work for us, instead of the other way around?


Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don't Have in Search of Happiness We Can't Buy

by James A. Roberts

Americans toss out 140 million cell phones every year. We discard 2 million plastic bottles every five minutes. And our total credit-card debt as of July 2011 is $793 billion.

Plus, credit cards can make you...


Ascent after Decline

by Otaviano Canuto & Danny M. Leipziger

The Great Recession of 2009-11 was not simply a severe business cycle slowdown or even a combined credit, housing, and asset market collapse. It left permanent scars, especially on the advanced economies. In...


Financial Stability Reports: What Are They Good For?

by Martin Cihák

The global financial crisis has renewed policymakers' interest in improving the policy framework for financial stability, and an open question is to what extent and in what form should financial stability reports...


The Theory of Economic Development: An Inquiry into Profits, Capital, Credit, Interest, and the Business Cycle

by Joseph A. Schumpeter & John E. Elliott

In this classical analysis of capitalist society, Schumpeter argues that economics is a natural self-regulating mechanism when undisturbed by "social and other meddlers." His preface shows that despite...


Jewish Economies (Volume 1): Development and Migration in America and Beyond: The Economic Life of American Jewry

by Simon Kuznets, E. Glen Weyl & Stephanie H. Lo

Nobel Laureate Simon Kuznets, pioneered the quantitative study of the economic history of the Jews. These volumes bring to the public, for the first time, the most important work written on Jewish economic history...


Anthropology, Economics, and Choice

by Michael Chibnik

In the midst of global recession, angry citizens and media pundits often offer simplistic theories about how bad decisions lead to crises. Many economists, however, base their analyses on rational choice theory,...


The Impulse Economy: Understanding Mobile Shoppers and What Makes Them Buy

by Gary Schwartz

We live in a world where our mobile devices have become extensions of ourselves. We depend on them for instant connections to entertainment, social media, news, and deals. The phone has become our ticket, loyalty...


The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures

by Richard Duncan

In this updated, second edition of the highly acclaimed international best seller, The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures, Richard Duncan describes the flaws in the international monetary system that...


Cannibal Capitalism: How Big Business and The Feds Are Ruining America

by Michael C. Hill

An unbiased look at how the economic practices of corporations, leaders, and government are severely damaging the American way of life

Most of us have lived our lives by the rules—going to school, investing...


Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives

by Ruth W. Grant

Incentives can be found everywhere--in schools, businesses, factories, and government--influencing people's choices about almost everything, from financial decisions and tobacco use to exercise and child rearing....


Political Economy After Economics: Scientific Method and Radical Imagination

by David Laibman

This re-incorporation of economics into political economy is one (small, but not insignificant) element in a larger project: to place all of the resources of present-day social-scientific research at the service...


Order and Control in American Socio-Economic Thought

by Charles McCann

The Progressive Era is generally regarded as a period of extraordinary social, political, and economic change, affecting virtually every aspect of American life. In the last decades of the nineteenth century,...


Handbook of Empirical Corporate Finance: Empirical Corporate Finance

by B. Espen Eckbo

This second volume of a two-part series examines three major topics. First, it devotes five chapters to the classical issue of capital structure choice. Second, it focuses on the value-implications of major...


Economic and Financial Decisions under Risk

by Louis Eeckhoudt, Christian Gollier & Harris Schlesinger

An understanding of risk and how to deal with it is an essential part of modern economics. Whether liability litigation for pharmaceutical firms or an individual's having insufficient wealth to retire, risk...


ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism

by Yves Smith

Why are we in such a financial mess today?  There are lots of proximate causes: over-leverage, global imbalances, bad financial technology that lead to widespread underestimation of risk.

But these are all...


A History of Homo Economicus: The Nature of the Moral in Economic Theory

by William Dixon & David Wilson

A key issue in economic discourse today is the relation (or lack of it) between economic behaviour and morality. Few (presumably) would want to deny that human beings are in some sense moral or ethical creatures,...


CHINA AS A LEADER OF THE WORLD ECONOMY

by GREGORY C CHOW

After the 1978 Economic Reform, China's economic development has been on a fast track ever since. Later on, the successful accession into the WTO in 2001 accelerated China's economic transformation and made...