GURU Readers’ Bookshelf: from Economic Growth to Propaganda

GURU offers a second reading list with books recommended by our readers.


GURU Readers’ Bookshelf: How Much State Does Society Need

GURU already offers descriptions of a wide range of books on economics recommended by NES professors. We decided to extend our “library” with two reading lists compiled by our readers. The authors from the first list can be split literally into two camps, and this is how we have arranged them in our review.


Reading List: How Does Economic Thinking Work?

GURU's new thematic bookshelf has volumes talking about how economists perceive and study the world. NES Professors and alumni give their recommendations and review books from their personal "shelves".


Reading List: Human Economics

Imagine that you are at a casino by the roulette table and black comes up for, say, 20 times in a row. Is there a growing probability that the ball will hit red? Or imagine that you have recently been hired for a new job. What should you compare your salary with – the paycheck of your colleagues or the market average? Would the benchmark change after a year? Would you prefer 10,000 rubles today or 11,000 rubles in a week’s time? And what would be your choice if the delay is 4-5 weeks? Answers to these questions make up behavioral economics.

Books about this branch of economics are probably the most fascinating and easy among books on this science. This is probably due to the fact that they are devoted to people themselves, give us a chance to reflect on the nature of our mistakes and laugh at them. “It seems to be a long Jewish tradition to pass on history and wisdom from one generation to another not through lectures and textbooks, but through anecdotes, funny stories and jokes on the topic.” Amos Tversky, one of the fathers of modern behavioral economics, wrote this in a note a few days before his death.



Reading List: A History of Crises, Financial Madness and Failures

The world is teetering on the brink of a crisis that could turn out to be the most severe economic shock since the Great Depression and could lead to much more significant transformations than those that followed the global financial crisis. We have selected books devoted to crises, mostly taken from the reading lists of representatives of the NES community. These works are about the history of economic shocks, their causes and consequences, about everyone missing the new crisis thinking that "this time is different" but facing the same story over again.