It is a year since I announced the winner of the inaugural Enlightened Economist Book Prize – it was Ariel Rubinstein’s Economic Fables. A little late this year, here is this year’s shortlist.
A reminder of the rules. This prize is wholly idiosyncratic. The entrants are books I happen to have read since the last prize – date of publication, format etc are irrelevant. They are suitable for the general reader as well as the professional economist. The choice of winner is entirely mine, although I’m always interested in other people’s opinions. The prize is the kudos, although I also offer a nice dinner to the winner, should he or she want to take it up.
Just recently I discussed some of the best books of the year with Tyler Cowen and Cardiff Garcia on the FT Alphaville podcast, so there is a small overlap (the first three titles here) with that discussion in my list.
The first time through my notes, I came up with shortlist of 28, which isn’t all that short. So I brutally struck out all the non-economics books, including some terrific histories, such as Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe by Anne Applebaum and Building Jerusalem by Tristram Hunt, and technology books like Turing’s Cathedral by George Dyson and Robot Futures by Illah Reza Nourbaksh.
So here is the final shortlist.
Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O Hirschman by Jeremy Adelman
America’s Assembly Line by David Nye
America’s Assembly Line
Giving Kids a Fair Chance by James Heckman
Average is Over by Tyler Cowen
The Undercover Economist Strikes Back by Tim Harford
The Carbon Crunch by Dieter Helm
The Carbon Crunch: How We’re Getting Climate Change Wrong – and How to Fix it
The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict and the Perilous Road ahead for the World Economy by Michael Pettis
The Bankers New Clothes by Anat Admati & Martin Hellwig
Shooting Star by Karl Sabbagh
Shooting Star (Kindle Single)
When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence by Stephen King
The Battle of Bretton Woods by Benn Steil
The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction by Nate Silver
The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction
I will announce my winner in a couple of weeks.