At the end of the year I’ll do my usual round-up of forthcoming economics and business books, but I can’t resist mentioning a few tantalising titles my own publisher, Princeton University Press, is bringing out next spring. As the author of, I will have to read Dirk Philipsen’s . Francois Bourguignon has out in June. Ian Morris – author of the fabulous Why the West Rules – For Now – has a new book, .
[amazon_image id=”0691166528″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do about It[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0691156794″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History[/amazon_image]
[amazon_image id=”0691160392″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve (The University Center for Human Values Series)[/amazon_image][amazon_image id=”069116052X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Globalization of Inequality[/amazon_image]
There are many more, in a terrific list, but I also can’t resist mentioning two new books on Benford’s Law,by Arno Berger and Theodore Hill, and Benford’s Law: Theory and Applications edited by Steven Miller. Benford’s Law says the first digits of data sets (such as economic statistics) are not uniformly distributed from one to nine – it helped reveal the fact that Greek economic statistics prior to the crisis were not accurate.