Of People, of Places: Sketches from an Economist's Notebook
This is a book of academic asides, of reportage from, in, and around the world of research and academia. From Simone de Beauvoir to Joseph Schumpeter, from evolutionary scientists in Abisko (above the arctic Circle) to social choice theorists in Valencia or the Mediterranean, this book is an irreverent traverse over a large canvas. Woven into the fabric of these light essays are observations on economic dilemmas and philosophical conundrums that confront everyone, everday. In addition, there are chapters devoted explicitly to economics. In keeping with the style of the book, these combine arguments with comments on personalities and places as well as constitute a jargon-free introduction to some of the more pressing economic-policy problems of our times. Like his earlier Economic Graffiti (Oxford India Paperbacks), this book of sharp, wry, witty and precisely observed sketches will seem a delight most specially to general readers who don't normally by books by economists.
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