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4 books for anyone who wants to learn economics

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

So, you're interested in economics but don't want to go through boring textbooks or tutorials.

These books are the best way to start sparking a passion for economics! No boring, complicated textbooks here.

1. Economics for dummies - by Sean Masaki Flynn

economics for dummies

Book bio:

The economy is always changing, but some things are eternal! Economics for Dummies, 3rd Edition, gives you everything you need to understand our rapidly evolving economy as well as the basics that never change. What's the best way to fight poverty? How can governments boost employment and wage growth? What can be done to protect endangered species and the environment?

This book answers all of those questions in simple language while tracking with a traditional introductory economics class. Following in the steps of the first and second editions, the thoroughly updated 3rd Edition is a useful study guide and supplement to any high school or college level economics class.

Discover the ins and outs of irrational consumers. Understand and apply the most powerful tool in economics: the model of supply and demand. Understand the origins and aftermath of financial crises, and more. Economics for Dummies has supplied hundreds of thousands of students with an approachable reference book, while also providing an informational outlet for anyone curious about how businesses, consumers, and governments interact to produce and distribute all the goods and services that we enjoy today.

2. Economics without the boring bits - by Tejvan Pettinger

economics without the boring bits

Book bio:

Where does wealth come from? How is it different from money? Does government intervention prevent or create crises? What is the most effective way to protect the environment?

In Economics Without the Boring Bits, Oxford-trained economist Tejvan Pettinger takes readers on an enlightening tour of the powerful, counter-intuitive and frequently startling insights of economic research, showing us that middlemen are good, recycling is bad (sometimes) and why some people get rich and others don't.

This clear, compelling and engaging book breathes life into big concepts such as debt, finance, trade, money, taxation, supply, demand and all the other economic issues that worry us all yet relatively few truly understand. This is your guide to understanding economics – without the boring bits.

3. The economics book

the economics book

Book bio:

Economics is a broad topic and if you're not an economist by profession, your knowledge might be limited - until now! The Economics Book is your jargon-free, visual guide to understanding the production and distribution of wealth.

Using a combination of authoritative, clear text, and bold graphics, this encyclopedia explores and explains big questions and issues that affect us all - everything from taxation, to recession, to the housing market and much more! By following an innovative visual approach, The Economics Book demystifies and untangles complicated theories. Make sense of abstract concepts through colourful graphics, fun facts, and step-by-step flow diagrams.

Satisfy Your Hunger for Knowledge

Dive deeper into the history of economics with this page-turning book! From the ancient Greeks to today, you'll discover over 100 key ideas from the world's greatest theorists, such as Thomas Malthus, John Maynard Keynes, and Milton Friedman. Fortunately, you don't need a degree in economics to gain this type of understanding. The Economics Bookis your accessible guide to gaining tonnes of invaluable economic knowledge and learning how the economy shapes our world!

This book will be your guide through the history of economics:

- Let the Trading Begin 400 BCE - 1770 CE

- The Age of Reason 1770 - 1820

- Industrial and Economic Revolutions 1820 - 1929

- War and Depressions: 1929 - 1945

- Post-War Economics 1945 - 1970

- Contemporary Economics 1970 - Present

4. 30-second economics

30 second economics

Book bio:

Keynesian Economics, Free Market Capitalism, Monetarism, Game Theory and the Invisible Hand. Sure, you know what they mean. That is, you've certainly heard of them. But do you know enough about these economic theories to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your financial knowledge?

30 Second Economics takes the top 50 economic theories, and explains them to the general reader in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and one picture. Economics will suddenly seem a lot more fun than the economy, and make a lot more sense, and along the way, you'll meet founding fathers of modern economics such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Alfred Marshall. From Marxism to Mercantilism, plus everything in between, this is the ultimate 'crash' course in economic theory.

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