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The Shortest History of Economics

The Powerful Story of Economic Ideas and Forces that Shape Our World

Andrew Leigh



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Black Inc
20 February 2024
"Explore the human story of economics ...

'The secret of economics is that the most powerful insights come from a handful of big ideas that anyone can follow.'

This small book tells a big story. From ancient times to the modern world, The Shortest History of Economics unearths the hidden economic forces behind war, innovation and social transformation. It traces how capitalism and the market system emerged, and introduces the key ideas and people who shaped the discipline of economics.

From the emergence of agriculture to the warming of our planet, Andrew Leigh weaves a fascinating narrative punctuated by expert insights into key moments in human history. He reveals the radical origins of the game of Monopoly, why the invention of the plough led to gender inequality, how certain diseases shaped the patterns of colonialism, the reasons skyscrapers emerged first in American cities, and much more.

The result is an illuminating, entertaining book about the economic ideas and forces that shape our world.

'This ""short"" book is bursting with insights about economics, illustrated by memorable stories and historical events. People who are curious about but confused by economics will learn enough from this volume to be conversant for life. Andrew Leigh is not only an engaging writer, he is charming and fun as well - something that cannot be said of all economists!' - Caroline M. Hoxby, Donya Bommer Professor of Economics, Stanford University

'If you read just one book about economics, make it Andrew Leigh's clear, insightful, and remarkable (and short) work. Learn why we are richer, live longer, have healthier children, are monumentally more productive and are happier than our ancestors.' - Claudia Goldin, Nobel Laureate, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University

'Leigh takes the reader on an engaging romp through key moments in the world's economic history that created the economies we see today around the globe. It is essential reading for anyone looking to understand today's economy.'- Betsey Stevenson, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, and co-author of Principles of Economics

Table of Contents- 1. Out of Africa and into Agriculture 2. The Grand Canal, the Printing Press andthe Plague 3. The Age of Sail 4. The Industrial Revolution and theWealth of Nations 5. Trade, Travel and Technology Take Off 6. Economic Models and the Modern Factory 7. World War I and the Depression 8. World War II and Bretton Woods 9. The Glorious Thirty? 10 .

Markets, Markets Everywhere 11.

I nflation Targeting and Inequality 12. Hot Markets and a Hotter Planet 13. The Pandemic and Beyond"

Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   214g
ISBN:   9781760644000
ISBN 10:   1760644005
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Leigh is a Member of the Australian House of Representatives, and author of several books, including Choosing Openness, Randomistas- How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World, Innovation + Equality- How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans), and What's the Worst That Could Happen? Existential Risk and Extreme Politics.

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