My Bookshelf

In Winter 2015 I walked into Waterstones in Glasgow’s city centre looking for a new book. I ended up in the non-fiction section with a copy of Superfreakonomics. At that point, I had no idea about the Freakonomics hype but I decided to go for it. If you are a Freakonomics fan like me, you can imagine that Superfreakonomics did not last me long. I started doing research on more and found a vast range of recommendations. Gregor Mankiw’s Summer Reading List seemed like a good but a bit outdated guide for the beginning and luckily I pick up a pre-loved copy of Paul Krugman’s Peddling Prosperity.

Since then my bookshelf has been growing; looking at my reading list below you can see that I have found my passion in Behavioural Economics. To me, the most inspirational writers of our time are Daniel Kahneman, Richard Thaler, Robert Shiller and George Akerlof, and Thomas Schelling. They have profoundly changed my view on Economics and their works inspire me every day.

My Reading List*

  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everyting by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in an Age of Diminished Expectations by Paul Krugman
  • The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
  • The Work of Nations Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism by Robert B. Reich
  • The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of the Great Economic Thinkers by Robert L. Heilbroner
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan
  • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
  • The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works by Timothy Taylor
  • The Accidental Theorist: And Other Dispatches from the Dismal Science by Paul Krugman
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan
  • Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor Dethroned? by Steve Keen
  • Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics by Richard H. Thaler
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
  • The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
  • What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel
  • Micromotives and Macrobehavior by Thomas C. Schelling
  • The Winner’s Curse by Richard H. Thaler
  • Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
  • Pop Internationalism by Paul Krugman
  • Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being by George A. Akerlof and Rachel E. Kranton
  • Irrational Exuberance by Robert J. Shiller
  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World by Michael Lewis
  • Decision Making: Descriptive, Normative, and Prescriptive Interactions edited by David E. Bell, Howard Raiffa and Amos Tversky


* in chronological order