Enlightened Economist Prize 2017 – longlist

I’m late this year with drawing up my longlist. The rules are that the contenders are the books I happen to have read this past 12 months (they don’t have to have been published in 2017), and the choice of the ultimate winner is mine alone. Criteria include: interest and importance, enjoyability/readability/accessibility, and being related to economics (ruling out my history and pop science reading). Links are to reviews on this blog.

With that, and in no particular order, the 2017 longlist is:

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Hall of Mirrors by Barry Eichengreen

The Financial Diaries by Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider

The Wisdom of Finance by Mihir Desai

Beating the Odds by Justin Yifu Lin and Celestin Monga

The Pricing of Progress by Eli Cook

Adaptive Markets by Andrew Lo

Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole

Straight Talk on Trade by Dani Rodrik

The Attention Merchants by Timothy Wu


I’ll decide on the winner before Christmas. The Prize is the offer of a fine lunch or dinner should the prizewinner and I find ourselves in the same place. Oh, and the glory.

By the way, my nominations for the best non-econ books I read this year are:

Second Hand Time and The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

The Deluge by Adam Tooze

East West Street by Philippe Sands


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