While books about economics may seem boring and only good for academic knowledge, there are some great ones out there that are just as entertaining as novels. We are never too old to learn about a subject, especially one as important as economics. The 5 following books are some of the best picks out there if you want to learn about the fundamentals of economy while enjoying the read.
Freakonomics, Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt
Published in 2005 by economist Steven Levitt and Journalist Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics is described as the perfect mix of pop culture and economy. With over 4 million copies sold worldwide, it was an instant hit because of its creativity. Unlike other economists, Levitt explains economic concepts and theories with modern and pop culture-related examples. The authors also decided to keep the conversation going by creating a blog on which they explain further some of the theories and concepts explored in their book.
The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford
The Undercover Economist could also be called economy 101 as it provides a perfect introduction to basic principles of economy from demand-supply interactions to international trade and globalization. However, Tim Harford explains those concepts with a very modern twist and in an extremely reader-friendly fashion. A real fresh start on basic theories for the experts and an easy way to learn for the newcomers.
Economics Rules, Dani Rodrik
Unlike many other authors who choose one single model or example and apply it to all theories, Rodrik chooses a different one for every concept he brings up. Every chapter is a part of a story that explains how our economic world truly works. Economics Rules also explores the history of the science that his economy to examine where it fell short in the past and how we can make sure mistakes are not repeated.
New Ideas From Dead Economists, Todd G. Buchholz’
Todd G. Buchhloz’ is acclaimed for his work in international economy. Between his experience as a director of economic policy at the white house and his advanced degrees in economics at Cambridge University and Harvard, it is more than obvious that he is suited to write a book about the subject. From Karl Marx to John Stuart Mill, New Ideas from Dead Economists explores the classic theories from the original master minds as the author explains how they are still very legitimate in our modern world.
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, Charles Wheelan
In this book, Charles Wheelan took on the task of demystifying important economic questions of this generation in a new and fresh way. From economic climate to globalization, all of the important subjects are covered while giving the right tools to the reader so that he can engage with confidence in the relevant dilemmas. Naked Economics also takes a look at the political side of economy in a very truth telling way which sets it apart from others and leaves the reader wanting more.