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).
You may also wish to have a look at one or more economics textbooks, so as to get a clearer idea of what serious university study of economics involves. The texts below are currently recommended for the first year, although earlier editions of these books and other university-level textbooks are also entirely valid for this first investigation. Please note that use of these textbooks is not mandatory for the first year courses, so it is not necessary to purchase these textbooks; students are provided with printed course packs to support their learning.
Acemoglu, D., Laibson, D. I. and List, J. A. (2018), Microeconomics, 2nd edition, Pearson.
Mankiw, N. G. (2019), Macroeconomics, 10th edition, Macmillan Publishers.
You may also be interested in the following:
- Empowering Adolescent Girls in sub-Saharan Africa: Professor Oriana Bandiera discusses how a new project is improving the lives of young girls in Uganda through skills and information.
- Incentives for Public Service Delivery: Professor Oriana Bandiera interviewed at the Annual Conference of the "Verein für Socialpolitik" 2015 in Münster, Germany.
- LSE Economists get a Gearty Grilling: Professor Tim Besley discusses the financial crisis; Professor Sir Charles Bean discusses how the Bank of England dealt with the financial crisis.
- Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides speaks to Menaka Doshi at the World Economic Forum 2018.
- One-Minute Insights: The European Central Bank (ECB) asks Professor Ricardo Reis to explain his work in one minute (at the ECB Monetary Policy Conference 2018).
- Dr Keyu Jin on China and the Evolution of the Financial System at the 2019 Spring Meetings- IMF and WBG.
- Meet the EC102 lecturer - visit Professor Ronny Razin’s Corner.
- What Economists Really Do: Professor Oriana Bandiera’s presentation at the 2018 Royal Economic Society Annual Public Lecture.
- Is Everything You Hear About Macroeconomics True? Professor Wouter Den Haan looks at the real and perceived weaknesses, strengths and challenges of modern macroeconomics.
- The Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2019 by the Intelligent Economist.