Next year’s reading

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.


2 thoughts on “Next year’s reading

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  2. Intrigued, I looked up Benford’s Law on Wikipedia.

    The mathematician and astronomer Simon Newcomb discovered it (before Benford) by noting how the earlier pages of log tables were more worn than later ones. A simple observation leading to a more remarkable discovery.

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