May 29, 2009

Book review: False Economy

After reading Easterly's review of False Economy, I was really looking forward to reading it and get surprised by the true reasons behind economic outcomes. It turned out to be disappointing. It lacks the anecdotal precision of A splendid exchange, the convincing force of Bad Samaritans, and the economic wit of The undercover economist. I end up merely entertained...Easterly's review is better than the book itself.

It's kind of a non-academic literature review of economic papers that are very famous and everybody knows. Maybe it's a good book that was just not written for economic students. So, if you are unfamiliar with the topics he approaches, the book might be adequate. It's easier to read than any other similar book I've read.

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