The list author says: "I wanted to compile a list of the books from economists that have been the most influential in the public policy arena. Economics obviously has a major impact on our lives but in turn we have little understanding of how economic policy impacts us. In order to gain greater understanding, I wanted to read the most influential writings in this area. Here is my list. Enjoy! (and send suggestions!)"
"No list of influential economists would be complete without Milton Friedman. This Nobel prize winner has clearly had the ear of U.S. Presidents from the 1960's onward. This book is the 40th anniversary edition of one of Friedman's highly influential works."
"Galbraith was a Keynesian who served U.S. administrations from Roosevelt to Johnson. This is the first book of his famous economics trilogy which also included "The Affluent Society" and "The New Industrial State"."
"Prof. Frank H. Knight was a founder of what came to be known as the "Chicago School" of economics. This was really a groundbreaking work on risk and entrepreneurship that influenced generations of economists (Milton Friedman being one)."