The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today

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Penguin Books, 2018 - Economics - 357 pages
Since the days of Adam Smith, economists have grappled with a series of familiar problems - but often their ideas are hard to digest, even before we try to apply them to today's issues. Linda Yueh is renowned for her combination of erudition, as an accomplished economist herself, and accessibility, as a leading writer and broadcaster in this field. In The Great Economists she explains the key thoughts of history's greatest economists, how our lives have been influenced by their ideas and how they could help us with the policy challenges that we face today.

In the light of current economic problems, and in particular growth, Yueh explores the thoughts of economists from Adam Smith and David Ricardo to recent academics Douglass North and Robert Solow. She asks, for example, what do the ideas of Karl Marx tell us about the likely future for the Chinese economy? How do the ideas of John Maynard Keynes, who argued for government spending to create full employment, help us think about state intervention? And with globalization in trouble, what can we learn about handling Brexit and Trumpism?

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Linda Yueh is a Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School, Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, and was Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University. The former Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV, she also hosted Talking Business with Linda Yueh as Chief Business Correspondent for BBC News. She writes for The Times, The New York Timesand The Financial Times and has advised, among others, The World Bank and World Economic Forum in Davos. She has written and edited a number of academic books on China, globalisation and also a macroeconomics textbook. This is her first trade book.

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