A trip to Sweden at the end of May turned out to be a good way to catch up on some overdue books. A few recommendations:
- Ben McNeil, The Clean Industrial Revolution: a young Australian scientist’s take on how Australia can adapt to climate change.
- Frank Levy and Richard Murnane, The New Division of Labor: How Computers are Creating the Next Job Market: a neat discussion of the various types of skills that are complements and substitutes for computerization (old now – it was published in 2004).
- George Akerlof and Robert Shiller, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why it Matters for Global Capitalism: Much hyped. I found it interesting, but not earthshattering. IMHO, behavioural macro has a long way to go before it’s a coherent theory.
- Paul Collier, Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places. I love Collier’s mix of anecdotes and regression analysis, and for that, I gladly forgive him his tendency towards autocitation.