So much good stuff I feel spoiled.
- Paul Collier’s The Bottom BillionÂ is a splendid data-driven romp through development economics, and what we can do to make a difference, particularly when it comes to thorny topics of corruption and conflict (HT: Andrew Egan, who also drew my attention to this critique by David Roodman).
- Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a DayÂ is a funny, brave, slightly crazy, and incredibly insightful look into how gangs operate, and how tough it is to do great observational sociology.
- Tyler Cowen’s Discover Your Inner EconomistÂ is the advice book you should buy for your favourite teenager or twentysomething. While Tyler is an economist through and through, it somehow felt like the book was mis-named. Perhaps it should have been called ‘how to be a polymath like Tyler’ (I mean that in the nicest way – the guy’s incredible). Readers past the age of 30 will enjoy it too – it’s just that younger readers will have more years to put his advice into action.