Reading List

Below is a list of books, in no particular order, I’d recommend for students of economics, or anyone interested in the subject. Unless specified they aren’t technical and so should be grasped by readers of all calibres. Add a comment at the bottom of the page for any other books you can think of!

Freakonomics (Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner)

Super Freakonomics (Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner)

The Undercover Economist (Tim Harford)

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back (Tim Harford)

End This Depression Now (Paul Krugman)

Adapt (Tim Harford)

How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes (Peter Schiff) – This book is very anti-government, take it with a pinch of salt!

Money, Blood and Revolution (George Cooper)

Crash Proof 2 (Peter Schiff)

50 Economics Ideas (Edmund Conway)

Skidelsky on The Economic Crisis (Robert Skidelsky)

Bank of Dave (Dave Fischwick)

Greekonomics (Vicky Pryce) – more of a current affairs book

Currency Wars (James Rickards)

Zombie Economics (John Quiggin)

Keynes: The Return of the Grandmaster (Robert Skidelsky)

The Return of Depression Economics (Paul Krugman)

How Do We Fix This Mess (Robert Peston)

The Black Swan (Nassim Nicholas Taleb) – a bit advanced in language and mathematical/philosophical talk

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Ha-Joon Chang)

Globalisation its Discontents – Joseph Stiglitz

The Return of the Economic Naturalist (Robert Frank)

Predictably Irrational (Dan Ariely)

The Logic of Life (Tim Harford)

Dear Undercover Economist (Tim Harford)

The Armchair Economist (Steven Landsburg)

The Economic Naturalist (Robert Frank)

Liar’s Poker (Michael Lewis)

When Genius Failed (Roger Lowenstein)

Crisis Economics (Nouriel Roubini)

Bad Samaritans (Ha-Joon Chang)

Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)

The Upside of Irrationality (Dan Ariely)

The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty (Dan Ariely)


The Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith)

The Great Crash 1929 (John Kenneth Galbraith)

The Road to Serfdom (Hayek)

The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (David Ricardo)

General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (John Maynard Keynes)

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (Joseph Schumpeter)

Principles of Economics (Alfred Marshall)


For those studying the Edexcel A-Level in Economics, I recommend (note: these books were used in 2012/13, they may since be out of date):

Main Textbooks
Edexcel AS Economics – Peter Smith (Yr 12 Book)
Edexcel A2 Economics – Peter Smith (Yr 13 Book)
A-Level Economics for Edexcel – Alain Anderton
Revision Guides
Edexcel AS Economics Student Unit Guide: Unit 1 Competitive Markets – How They Work and Why They Fail (Mark Gavin)
Edexcel AS Economics Student Unit Guide: Unit 2 Managing the Economy (Rachel Cole)
Edexcel A2 Economics Student Unit Guide: Unit 3 Business Economics and Economic Efficiency (Marwan Mikdadi and Rachel Cole)
Edexcel A2 Economics Student Unit Guide: Unit 4 The Global Economy (Quentin Brewer)

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