Most Influential Economics Books

A Listmania! list by John McClure (Orlando, FL)
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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!)"
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
1.  The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes
The list author says:
  "Nixon famously asked, "Are we all Keynesians now?"  clearly noting the influence that John Maynard Keynes has had in the public policy arena over the last 100 years."
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Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in an Age of Diminished Expectations (Norton Paperback)
2.  Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in an Age of Diminished Expectations (Norton Paperback) by Paul Krugman
The list author says:
  "Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman has a great deal of influence within the previous and current administrations of Bush and Obama. Some say he is the "invisible voice" behind the "bailout strategy.""
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Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition
3.  Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition by Rose Friedman
The list author says:
  "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."
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Milton Friedman on Economics: Selected Papers
4.  Milton Friedman on Economics: Selected Papers by Gary Stanley Becker
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  "Had to throw in one more book by Friedman in order to give deservedly ample opportunity to understand his macroeconomic principles."
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American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power (Classics in Economics)
5.  American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power (Classics in Economics) by John Kenneth Galbraith
The list author says:
  "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"."
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The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash
6.  The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash by Charles R. Morris
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  "Had to put this one in here. A great read helping to understand the current economic crisis."
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The Wealth of Nations (Bantam Classics)
7.  The Wealth of Nations (Bantam Classics) by Adam Smith
The list author says:
  "Adam Smith, of course, is referenced by all the other authors on this list and rightly so. As the founder of the modern study of economics, he set the first standard in "Wealth of Nations"."
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The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2)
8.  The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2) by F. A. Hayek
The list author says:
  "Hayek was deeply influenced by von Mises and is a darling of the libertarians. Probably was at the height of his influence under Reagan."
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Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit
9.  Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit by Frank H. Knight
The list author says:
  "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)."
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The Theory of Money and Credit
10.  The Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig von Mises
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  "From one of the premier thinkers of the Austrian School of economics, von Mises is still invoked today by those who propose an alternative to the standard Keynesian model."
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Woah were did this rocket up from? 83 Aug 4, 2013
Why do Libertarians claim that Keynes was a Socialist when he clearly rejected socialism on p.378 of the GT ? 10 Oct 7, 2012
Hayek is like...not relevant anymore. 1 Jul 5, 2012
Why would this be "Currently Unavailable" as an e-book? 0 Jan 19, 2011
Why do Libertarians writing for The Freeman constantly misrepresent The General Theory(1936) ? 21 Sep 10, 2010
J M Keynes never supported deficit financing in the General Theory or at any time in his lifetime 4 Aug 14, 2010
Why I blame bad USA public policy 0 Aug 24, 2009
How anyone who wants to understand how easy it is to set up an index to measure w,the weight of the evidence ,can do so if they follow Keynes's simple instructions 2 Aug 16, 2009
Here are the steps needed to integrate Keynes's derivatives and rediscover Keynes's aggregate supply function as specified in the GT 10 Jul 22, 2009
Why is it the case that so many of these reviews of the GT were made by "reviewers" who have not read the book they claim to be reviewing 6 Jun 14, 2009
What are the most important chapters to read? 5 Jun 5, 2009
How would readers compare this book to "Free to Choose"? 1 Mar 13, 2009
 
   

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