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The Dismal Science: A Novel

By Peter Mountford
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  • Publisher : Tin House Books
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  • Pages : 230
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Mountford's follow up to A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism is at once a cogent political drama and an acute meditation on the fragile nature of identity. he Dismal Science tells of a middle-aged vice president at the World Bank, Vincenzo D’Orsi, who publicly quits his job over a seemingly minor argument with a colleague. A scandal inevitably ensues, and he systematically burns every bridge to his former life. After abandoning his career, Vincenzo, a recent widower, is at a complete loss as to what to do with himself. The story follows his efforts to rebuild his identity without a vocation or the company of his wife. An exploration of the fragile nature of identity, The Dismal Science reveals the terrifying speed with which a person’s sense of self can be annihilated. It is at once a study of a man attempting to apply his reason to the muddle of life and a book about how that same ostensible rationality, and the mathematics of finance in particular, operates—with similarly dubious results—in our world.

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In this "lively and entertaining" history of ideas (Liaquat Ahamed, The New Yorker), New York Times editorial writer Binyamin Appelbaum tells the story of the people who sparked four decades of economic revolution. Before the 1960s, American politicians had never paid much attention to economists. But as the post-World War II boom began to sputter, economists gained influence and power. In The Economists' Hour, Binyamin Appelbaum traces the rise of the economists, first in the United States and then around the globe, as their ideas reshaped the modern world, curbing government, unleashing corporations and hastening globalization. Some leading figures are relatively well-known, such as Milton Friedman, the elfin libertarian who had a greater influence on American life than any other economist of his generation, and Arthur Laffer, who sketched a curve on a cocktail napkin that helped to make tax cuts a staple of conservative economic policy. Others stayed out of the limelight, but left a lasting impact on modern life: Walter Oi, a blind economist who dictated to his wife and assistants some of the calculations that persuaded President Nixon to end military conscription; Alfred Kahn, who deregulated air travel and rejoiced in the crowded cabins on commercial flights as the proof of his success; and Thomas Schelling, who put a dollar value on human life. Their fundamental belief? That government should stop trying to manage the economy.Their guiding principle? That markets would deliver steady growth, and ensure that all Americans shared in the benefits. But the Economists' Hour failed to deliver on its promise of broad prosperity. And the single-minded embrace of markets has come at the expense of economic equality, the health of liberal democracy, and future generations. Timely, engaging and expertly researched, The Economists' Hour is a reckoning -- and a call for people to rewrite the rules of the market. A Wall Street Journal Business BestsellerWinner of the Porchlight Business Book Award in Narrative & Biography

Science Fiction and the Dismal Science

By Gary Westfahl,,Gregory Benford
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 9781476637563
  • Pages : 298
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 555
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Book Summary:

Despite the growing importance of economics in our lives, literary scholars have long been reluctant to consider economic issues as they examine key texts. This volume seeks to fill one of these conspicuous gaps in the critical literature by focusing on various connections between science fiction and economics, with some attention to related fields such as politics and government. Its seventeen contributors include five award-winning scholars, five science fiction writers, and a widely published economist. Three topics are covered: what noted science fiction writers like Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, and Kim Stanley Robinson have had to say about our economic and political future; how the competitive and ever-changing publishing marketplace has affected the growth and development of science fiction from the nineteenth century to today; and how the scholars who examine science fiction have themselves been influenced by the economics of academia. Although the essays focus primarily on American science fiction, the traditions of Russian and Chinese science fiction are also examined. A comprehensive bibliography of works related to science fiction and economics will assist other readers and critics who are interested in this subject.

A Brief History of Economics

By E Ray Canterbery
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  • Publisher : World Scientific Publishing Company
  • Isbn : 9789814365178
  • Pages : 560
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 745
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Book Summary:

Blending past and present, this brief history of economics is the perfect book for introducing students to the field. A Brief History of Economics illustrates how the ideas of the great economists not only influenced societies but were themselves shaped by their cultural milieu. Understanding the economists' visions — lucidly and vividly unveiled by Canterbery — allows readers to place economics within a broader community of ideas. Magically, the author links Adam Smith to Isaac Newton's idea of an orderly universe, F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Thorstein Veblen, John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath to the Great Depression, and Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities to Reaganomics. The second edition is right up-to-date with a lively discussion of the economic crises of 2007–2010. Often humorous, Canterbery's easy style will make the student's first foray into economics lively and relevant. Readers will dismiss “dismal” from the science.

A Brief History of Economics

By E Ray Canterbery
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : World Scientific Publishing Company
  • Isbn : 9789813105478
  • Pages : 500
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 277
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Book Summary:

Blending past and present, this brief history of economics is the perfect book for introducing students to the field. A Brief History of Economics illustrates how the ideas of the great economists not only influenced societies but were themselves shaped by their cultural milieu. Understanding the economists' visions — lucidly and vividly unveiled by Canterbery — allows readers to place economics within a broader community of ideas. Magically, the author links Adam Smith to Isaac Newton's idea of an orderly universe, F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Thorstein Veblen, John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath to the Great Depression, and Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities to Reaganomics. Often humorous, Canterbery's easy style will make the student's first foray into economics lively and relevant. Readers will dismiss “dismal” from the science.

English, Irish and Subversives Among the Dismal Scientists

By Noel W. Thompson,Nigel F. B. Allington
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Isbn : 9780857240620
  • Pages : 410
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 529
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Book Summary:

Features a collection of essays on the Irish and English economists of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Learning Basic Macroeconomics

By Hal W. Snarr
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  • Publisher : Business Expert Press
  • Isbn : 9781631570827
  • Pages : 220
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 179
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Book Summary:

Economics has been dubbed the “dismal science” since Thomas Carlyle coined the phrase in 1849. The 2008 presidential candidate who said, “Economics is something that I’ve really never understood,” probably sides with this view. So, why is economics so dismal to so many? Is it because it has become too mathematical? Is it because traditional textbooks fail to connect topics and models in a concise, cohesive, and meaningful way? Is it because the computer simulations that are used to teach economic principles “stifle students’ imagination, contribute to a dependent learning style, and fail to stimulate interest in the subject matter” (Wetzstein 1988)? Or, is it because economists from different schools of economic thought rarely agree on anything? This book uses MAPLE and the simulation models that I developed in Learning Basic Macroeconomics (2014) to make teaching or learning economics more favorable. MAPLE is ideally suited for this because it allows users to assemble and systematically combine the various models that form the aggregate market model, frees users from doing tedious calculations and algebraic manipulations, and is as easy to use as Microsoft WORD. Building and analyzing the macroeconomic model using MAPLE is a fun way to learn the dismal science of economics.

Economics in the Twenty-First Century

By Robert Chernomas,Ian Hudson
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  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Isbn : 9781442620186
  • Pages : 216
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 401
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Book Summary:

Economics has always been nicknamed the “dismal science,” but today the field seems a little more dismal than usual as governments, social movements, and even students complain that the discipline is failing to make sense of the major economic problems of the day. In Economics in the Twenty-First Century, Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson demonstrate how today’s top young economists continue to lead the field in the wrong direction. The recent winners of the John Bates Clark medal, economics’s “baby Nobel,” have won that award for studying important issues such as economic development, income inequality, crime, and health. Examining their research, Chernomas and Hudson show that this work focuses on individual choice, ignores the systematic role of power in the economic system, and leads to solutions that are of limited effectiveness at best and harmful at worst. An accessible summary of the latest debates in economics, Economics in the Twenty-First Century takes on what is missing from mainstream economics, why it matters, and how the discipline can better address the key concerns of our era.

Summary of Charles Wheelan’s Naked Economics by Milkyway Media

By Milkyway Media
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  • Publisher : Milkyway Media
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 15
  • Category : Study Aids
  • Reads : 887
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Book Summary:

Naked Economics: Understanding the Dismal Science (2002, 2010) by Charles Wheelan offers a general introduction to the principles of economics. Putting economic principles into practice is often difficult to accomplish because the correct actions for stability and progress are often counterintuitive. Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.

So You Wish To Learn All About Economics?

By Lyndon H. Larouche, Jr.
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Executive Intelligence Review
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 626
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Book Summary:

Down with Adam Smith! Away with the foolish professors who claim economics is "the dismal science," chained to a calculus of "scarce resources"! The only economics worth knowing is the science of increasing mankind's power over nature at increasing rates, in accordance with natural law as expressed in the Book of Genesis. LaRouche puts economics back where it belongs, so that every citizen can master for himself the fundamental principles that made the United States an industrial and agricultural superpower--from the advanced standpoint required to run a 21st-century fusion-power economy. The present "Second Great Depression" is completely unnecessary. There is no need for the 1931-style financial collapse that faces the Trans-Atlantic region today. The rapidly developing nations of the world are using the ideas in this book to create, spread and share a prosperous future. Should the United States decide to join them in applying the ideas in this book, the future of civilization will be of unlimited potential.

Macroeconomic Dynamics

By Bernard Lonergan
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  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Isbn : 9781487588786
  • Pages :
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 944
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Few theologians in history have matched Bernard Lonergan's range of learning. Fewer still have written on the "dismal science" of economics. Rooted so solidly in the concerns of this world, economics is not a discipline we associate with the more rarified pursuit of theology. In this long-awaited volume, Lonergan demonstrates the short-sightedness of this view. This companion volume to For A New Political Economy (Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, Volume 21) continues the work of bringing together the various elements of Lonergan's economic thought. His economic writings span forty years and represent one of the most important intellectual achievements of the twentieth century. They have previously been inaccessible outside of the Lonergan research community as the majority of them have not been formally published, and exist only as a group of unfinished essays and material for courses on economics taught by Lonergan. Lonergan's economic ideas track a different line of thought from that taken by contemporary economists. Macroeconomic Dynamics: An Essay in Circulation Analysis represents the economic thought of Lonergan at the end of his career. His analysis, while taking a fresh look at fundamental variables, breaks from centralist theory and practice towards a radically democratic perspective on surplus income and non-political control, and explores more fully the ideas introduced in For a New Political Economy. This work will be read not only by economists but also by liberation theologians, political theologians, and others inside and outside of religious organizations interested in social justice issues and alternative approaches to economics.

False Economies

By S. D. Tucker
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • Isbn : 9781445672359
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 869
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Book Summary:

A shocking and hilarious journey through all the madcap economic schemes and theories we've dreamed up.

The New Economics of Technology Policy

By Dominique Foray
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  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Isbn : 9781848449169
  • Pages : 443
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Reads : 546
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Book Summary:

This innovative book comprehensively sheds light on the theory and practice of technological policies by employing modern analytical tools and economic techniques. The New Economics of Technology Policy focuses on all public interventions intended to influence the intensity, composition and direction of technological innovations within a given entity such as a region, country or group of countries. Dominique Foray has gathered together many of the leading scholars in the field to comprehensively explore numerous avenues and pathways of research. Bringing together a collection of policy-oriented papers, this book will strongly appeal to policy-makers, academic researchers and graduate students with an interest in economics, public policy, science, technology and society.

American Exceptionalism

By Lall Ramrattan,Michael Szenberg
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9783030055578
  • Pages : 385
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 608
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The publication of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has kindled interest across disciplines to appraise the exceptional nature of U.S. activities. In general, however, all the published works have not focused their analyses from an economic point of view. While economics was for some a “dismal science” following Thomas Carlyle’s characterization of Malthus’ demographic model, it has increasingly become the “queen of the social sciences” for more practitioners. The book fills a gap in the literature by describing the American contributors as precursors and genuinely exceptional economists. We present their works within the state of the nation in which they advance their discipline. One is treated to both qualitative and quantitative theories in the opening chapter. Budding theories that became established theories of Economics and Finance are investigated in Chapters II and III. When President John Adams was confronted with M. Turgot’s criticisms of the American government, he resorted to a historic survey of types of government from ancient Greece to the Middle Ages. Similarly, we have included a final chapter, Chapter IV, to present the argument for American Exceptionalism in the domain of Political Economy and Economic Law over the ages.