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Economics: The User's Guide | [Ha-Joon Chang]

Economics: The User's Guide

In his best-selling 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works - in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks.
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In his best-selling 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works - in real-world terms.

Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks. Unlike many economists, who present only one view of their discipline, Chang introduces a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, revealing how each has its strengths and weaknesses, and why there is no one way to explain economic behavior. By ignoring the received wisdom and exposing the myriad forces that shape our financial world, Chang gives us the tools we need to understand our increasingly global and interconnected world often driven by economics.

From the future of the Euro, inequality in China, or the condition of the American manufacturing industry here in the United States - Economics: The User’s Guide is a concise and expertly crafted guide to economic fundamentals that offers a clear and accurate picture of the global economy and how and why it affects our daily lives.

©2014 Ha-Joon Chang (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Kristin V. Hansen 10-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A breath of fresh air."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone interested in economics should read or listen to this book. The brilliant, well-considered, refutation of rigid economic orthodoxy presents the diversity of the dismal science, making it a little less dismal.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could give Economics a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Beyond the hammer and the nail.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Viktor Marinkov 01-30-15
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    "Worth it if you keep an open mind"
    If you could sum up Economics in three words, what would they be?

    Provocative, informative, valuable


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the exposition of various world life examples and their analysis through the lens of different schools of economic thought.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The particular manner of speaking of the narrator and the inherently not very entertaining information made it hard for me to listen to the book for more than 30min. It was especially taxing when the narrator recited large tables with economic numbers. Seeing this on a paper or e-ink would have been immensely more convenient. Thus, consider also the written book or a combination of the two.


    Any additional comments?

    As a PhD student in Economics trained in the Neoclassical and New Keynesian traditions I was curious to explore different points of view. I have been fond of prof. Chang's talks on Youtube and his statement that economics cannot be separated from politics, so I decided to give his latest book a try.The book begins with an annoyingly repetitive attack on the economic profession - it can be considered either populist - so that readers hyped by media about the "failure of economics during the Great Recession" can be drawn into it; or it could just be my subjective perception. In either case, I urge you to keep an open mind and bare with the introductions.The book's general message is that one must not be "a man with a hammer" and view everything as a nail. That is to say, it promotes a pluralist view on economic and political issues and gives a broad overview of diverse economic theories and their applicability to real world examples. One could occasionally notice the Marxist training of the author and his fondness of "production" in economic issues, still he deserves credit for presenting a relatively unbiased view on the merits and drawbacks of each theory (with the merits of Neoclassical economics being underrepresented).Overall, the book takes on a broad spectrum of economic issues and sheds insights for both non-economists and professionals. I, personally, benefited from the collection of numerous teachings and facts that otherwise would have taken me too long to uncover.Again, go through the book with an open mind and humbleness, otherwise you risk being drawn to the extremes of trashing it or rejecting economics as a respectable discipline all together.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Mount Vernon, WA USA 03-25-15
    Ken Mount Vernon, WA USA 03-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A "user's guide" with a plot twist."
    Where does Economics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not a "must-read, cannot-put-down" book. But, it is an important book that seems to be well written. And, the audio performance was very good, considering the complexity of the topic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Huh?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, .....huh?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. But, it may or may not be a great audio book, depending on what you want. If you want to listen to an in depth assessment of the evolution of modern economic thinking, and don't mind "listening" to data tables, this is a great audiobook!If you want a better feel for the data, buy the hard-copy instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 02-27-15
    Kevin 02-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent overview for the layman"

    Covers the history of "political" economics from the 15th century. A tour fe force. I highly recommend this book and pretty much anything this author had written in the last ten years

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    02-25-15
    02-25-15

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    "great overview"

    great to find a well-founded yet broad intro book to economics, that is well-aware of the many schools of thought. an essential guide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vladimir Kushnir Darien, CT United States 11-17-14
    Vladimir Kushnir Darien, CT United States 11-17-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Praise to government intervention"
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    Government intervention into economy is good and even necessary. Unions are good for economy. FDR's new deal was right. Keynes is the greatest economist of the XX-th century. Girls do not go into 'hard sciences' (meaning math, physics) because they are conditioned by society ... Just few examples. If you agree with all that, you will like this book.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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