Welcome to our economics books recommendations. Economists recommending books for us include Nobel Prize winners and academics as well as journalists and authors. Contrary to what you might read in the papers, economics remains a lively and dynamic subject. However, there is a greater sense of its limitations, including on the part of mainstream economists.
A good starting point are our annual best economics books of the year recommendations, from British economist Diane Coyle. If you know nothing about economics, journalist Tim Harford (aka ‘the Undercover Economist’) has some books to get you thinking like an economist.
Much of the latest research in economics tends to be published in the form of articles rather than books, so that’s why some interviews—like the one from 2007 Nobel Prize winner Eric Maskin—recommend mainly articles.
If you’d like to start with an economics textbook to understand the basic tools of the trade, we recommend this one. That’s a good way of understanding both what economics is and what it isn’t, incorporating some of the critiques of the way economics has been taught.