If you would like to gain further insight into what economists study, we suggest looking at one or more of the following popular books or others like them:
A V Banerjee and E Duflo Poor Economics: Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, DIY Doctors and the Surprising Truth about Life on less than $1 a Day (Penguin, 2012)
D Coyle GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History (Princeton University Press, 2014)
T Harford The Undercover Economist (Abacus, 2007)
T Harford The Logic of Life (Little Brown, 2009)
P Krugman End This Depression Now! (W W Norton, 2012)
S D Levitt and S J Dubner Freakonomics (Penguin, 2007) and Superfreakonomics (Penguin, 2010)
Some of these books were launched at the LSE. Listen to the podcasts of these launches (and many other talks).
It is also a very good idea to have a look at one or more economics textbooks, to have a clear idea of what the serious university study of the subject involves, which will differ from these popular presentations. Although the texts and editions listed below are currently recommended for the first year, other editions of these books and other university-level textbooks are also entirely valid for this first investigation.
N G Mankiw Macroeconomics (7th edition, Worth Publishers, 2010)
W Morgan, M L Katz and H Rosen Microeconomics (2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009)
You may also be interested in the following:
- Dr. Ha-Joon Chang (Cambridge) Economics is for Everyone.
- Economic Schools of Thought: Crash Course Economics (It's actually 10 minutes long but very useful.)
- The Becker-Posner Blog
- David Smith, Editor of the Sunday Times: Quantitative easing worked, just don't make a habit of it
- Tim Harford Column: Why inflation is good for us
- Ted Talk: Bhu Srinivasan researches the intersection of capitalism and technological progress