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Top 5 most accessible economics books, chosen by politician and author Andrew Leigh

The Australian politician, academic and author selects five books to make complex economic theories everyday and understandable

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Five books to make even the most overwhelming issues around economics accessible from the author of The Shortest History of Economics.

The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford

One of the great economics communicators of our age. Drawing on examples from coffee shops to health insurance, this book explains how markets work, and why competition matters. 

Poor Economics by Abhijit V Banerjee and Esther Duflo

A deep dive into development economics. Duflo once said “One of my great assets is I don’t have many opinions to start with. I have one opinion – one should evaluate things – which is strongly held. I’m never unhappy with the results.”

The Entrepreneurial State by Mariana Mazzucato

Many books on innovation popularise the myth that innovation is the product of a lone (often male) genius. But for all Steve Jobs’ brilliance, many of the technologies in an iPhone were developed by the state. 

Why Globalization Works by Martin Wolf

Globalisation has been a force for good, raising living standards. If you’re concerned about environ-mental degradation or cultural homogenisation, there are better solutions than tariff walls and immigration bans. 

Career and Family by Claudia Goldin

The 2023 Nobel prizewinner has a love of numbers and a knack for storytelling. Her book explores how change in technology and social norms impacted women’s paid and unpaid work.

The Shortest History of Economics by Andrew Leigh is out on 12 March (Old Street Publishing, £14.99). You can buy some of these titles from The Big Issue shop on Bookshop.org, which helps to support The Big Issue and independent bookshops.
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