Good Economics for Hard Times

Good Economics for Hard Times Summary

The winners of the Nobel Prize show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day.

Figuring out how to deal with today's critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it.

Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change--these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington, DC. The resources to address these challenges are there--what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable.

In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo take on this challenge, building on cutting-edge research in economics explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative, and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times makes a persuasive case for an intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect. It is an extraordinary achievement, one that shines a light to help us appreciate and understand our precariously balanced world.

Book Reviews


Good Economics for Hard Times4 star

I found this book to be very interesting and illuminating. A must read for serious leaders. I just wish the authors had a better editor.45

xX The Mortal Xx

A must-read5 star

modern classic55


21stC ain’t necessarily so.5 star

A fresh and surprisingly readable assessment of the conventional wisdom of economics. The authors challenge the reader to set aside accepted dictums and re-evaluate their views of the sociopolitical landscape through a lens of data. It is at once satisfying and disturbing and thus thought provoking. A great template on which to build an informed understanding of 21stC society.55

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