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What is Economics?
Economics is the social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. It is divided into two major parts - Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Microeconomics is the branch of economics that deals with how individuals, including people and companies, respond to economic conditions. Macroeconomics looks at the economy as a whole. That includes trying to understand what drives the business cycle from boom to bust, or from growth to recession, and what controls overarching economic indicators such as gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation.
Recent Books in the Library
Towards a Society of Degrowth by
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020.
This book explores the concept of degrowth, beginning from a basic assumption, not of resource depletion, as is common in most literature in the field, but rather from a state of abundance, arguing that there is a vast amount of energy on the planet waiting to be utilized by all its inhabitants.
The Wealth and Poverty of Cities by
Call Number: (RH) HT321 .P64 2020
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
That some cities are vibrant while others are in decline is starkly apparent. In The Wealth and Poverty of Cities, Mario Polese argues that focusing on city attributes is too narrow. Cities do not control the basic conditions that determine their success or failure as sources of economicgrowth and well-being.Nations matter because successful metropolitan economies do not spring forth spontaneously.
The Business of Changing the World by
Call Number: (RH) HV25 .K86 2019
Boston : Beacon Press, 
Today, entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley start-ups, and celebrity activists are the driving force in a radical shift in the way we think about lifting people out of poverty. In this new era of data-driven, results-oriented global aid it's no longer enough to be a well-intentioned do-gooder or for the wealthy to donate an infinitesimal part of their assets to people without a home or basic nutrition. What matters now in the world of aid are measurable improvements and demonstrable, long-term change.
Economics after Neoliberalism by
Call Number: (RH) HB95 .E26 2019
Cambridge, MA : Boston Review, 
In this anthology, various economists argue for a new approach in studying economics. Lenore Palladino explores the misguided logic of shareholder primacy and points to more equitable approaches to corporate governance. Amy Kupezynski examines how the courts have allowed the First Amendment to protect corporate speech over public health.
The Economists' Hour by
Call Number: (RH) (LC) HC54 .A66 2019
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
A Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller In this "lively and entertaining" (Liaquat Ahamed, The New Yorker) history of ideas, New York Times editorial writer Binyamin Appelbaum tells the story of the people who sparked four decades of economic revolution.
Narrative Economics by
Call Number: (RH) HB74.P8 S47 2019
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 
From Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times bestselling author Robert Shiller, a new way to think about how popular stories help drive economic events. In a world in which internet troll farms attempt to influence foreign elections, can we afford to ignore the power of viral stories to affect economies?
Escaping Paternalism by
Call Number: (RH) HB74.P8 R59 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 
The burgeoning field of behavioral economics has produced a new set of justifications for paternalism. This book challenges behavioral paternalism on multiple levels, from the abstract and conceptual to the pragmatic and applied.
Radical Uncertainty by
Call Number: (RH, LC) HB74.P8 K39 2020
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 
In most critical decisions there can be no forecasts or probability distributions on which we might sensibly rely. Instead of inventing numbers to fill the gaps in our knowledge, we should adopt business, political, and personal strategies that will be robust to alternative futures and resilient to unpredictable events. Within the security of such a robust and resilient reference narrative, uncertainty can be embraced, because it is the source of creativity, excitement, and profit.
Library of Congress Call Numbers for the Subject of Economics
This is the Library of Congress classification outline for the subjects of business and economics. Contact a reference librarian for further information about sub headings which may be helpful when considering a topic for a research paper.
Subclass H Social Sciences (General)
Subclass HA Statistics
Subclass HB Economic Theory. Demography
Subclass HC Economic History and Conditions
Subclass HD Industries. Land Use. Labor
Subclass HE Transportation and Communications
Subclass HF Commerce
Subclass HG Finance
Subclass HJ Public Finance
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