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"A wide-ranging, informed and thoroughly enjoyable tour of the frontiers of economics. Anyone who wants to find out what economists actually do should grab a copy at once." -- Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and author of The Logic of Life and The Undercover Economist
"Economics 2.0 is a very readable and timely collection by two of Europe's best economic journalists, covering topics that range from the nature of happiness to the origins of the current financial crisis. Each chapter seamlessly blends field research in the Freakonomics tradition with laboratory research, and entertains while it enlightens." -- Daniel Friedman, Professor of Economics, US Santa Cruz and author of Moral and Markets
"The nature of economic research has changed drastically over the last years, revoking the mantra of rationality, exploring creative new data sources, and venturig into topics far from the classical bundle of themes. This book provides a very entertaining and insightful overview of where modern economic stands today." --Ulrike Malmendier, Associate Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Norbert Häring is Handelsblatt correspondent in Frankfurt, Germany. He has worked as a business cycle analyst with Commerzbank and as a correspondent for Boersen Zeitung and Financial Times Deutschland. Olaf Storbeck is Economics editor with Handelsblatt and is responsible for the weekly economics section.
The authors provide an easy to read and extremely well researched overview of the current research frontier in economics.
Less entertaining and more reserved than Freakonomics (or other imitations of Freakonomics which appeared recently), but stimulating in a similar manner.
And the topics covered don't really come together in any way, despite the attempt to include them all under the title Economics 2.0.
This research sampling (bordering on a survey) is interesting. Covers research results similar to those in recent popular socio-economics books. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by M. Thomsen
This is a great way to review a huge swathe of recent economics research from top universities around the world. Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by J M Keynes