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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007154903X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071549035
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist for Global Insight, an economic and financial analysis firm. He previously served as Chief International Economist at Standard & Poor's.

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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Cowen on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was shocked by how much I liked this book. I think of it as a kind of contemporary *Capitalism and Freedom* (Milton Friedman), although it comes across as less partisan and the coverage is much more global. I agreed with almost everything the author said and I thought the framing was effective and spot on just about all the time.

Many economists may already know too much to be the appropriate audience here (but many still need this book), but if you wish to give someone an economics book as a gift, or as an introduction to thinking about economic policy, here you go. I'm still astonished at how remarkably good this book is and yes I did read it all the way through. Greg Mankiw wrote a very nice blurb for it.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Y. Sageev on February 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like many readers, I have had trouble understanding the many policy nuances associated with the current economic crisis. Glancing at the book, I doubted whether it could really be "spin-free". We hear so much partisan rhetoric on the mainstream news channels masquerading as objective. I noted, however, that the book was recommended by the both the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and by Harvard economist N. Gregory Mankiw. So I picked up a copy.

I'm pleased to say that "Spin-Free Economics" is an excellent, eye-opening primer on a wide variety of economic front-burner issues. It is clearly written and conveys information rapidly. It is, indeed, as free of spin as one could hope for. Idealogues on the Right and the Left will find some conclusions irritating. For example, Behravesh shows that there is little correlation between illegal immigration and job loss, and that while health care for illegals approaches $9B annually, we spend $12B combating it. He recommends a simplified guest worker program to accommodate seasonal labor demand. At the same time, he shows that income taxes penalize positive behavior, and if taxation is necessary, so-called "sin taxes" (consumption taxes) are preferable to income tax. Similarly, the author shows that the Earned Income Tax Credit has been far more beneficial to poor families than welfare transfer payments. Behravesh explains why Europe exhibits far slower growth and much higher unemployment than the US. Other topics include Deregulation, which can be very effective if implemented intelligently, or disastrous if implemented poorly. He shows how technology fuels job creation rather than unemployment. He recommends, on many occasions, that policies designed to alleviate the pain of displaced workers should "protect workers, not jobs".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The world economy is becoming increasingly more complicated and SPIN-FREE ECONOMICS: A NO-NONSENSE, NONPARTISAN GUIDE TO TODAY'S GLOBAL ECONOMIC DEBATES takes away the politics as it considers how modern economics affects everyone. From effects of immigration and unemployment to considering regulation in the face of economic crisis and policies that influence and possibly harm world markets, SPIN-FREE ECONOMICS is outstanding reading both for general-interest audiences interested in global economics and for college-level business students debating the economic impact of globalization processes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on January 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
So, I hear people say things all the time like "The rich get richer, the poor keep getting poorer". Is it true? This book explains: No.

I've talked to people who are positively PANICKED that we will suddenly run out of oil, causing an immediate global recession. Is it likely? You can find out here (hint: no).

Is there more poverty now than 50 years ago in the U.S.? (No, far less). How about worldwide? (50 years ago over half the world was in poverty, it's now closer to 20%).

These are fascinating facts to anyone who is trying to sincerely sort through political jabber. The book provides facts and opinions along with the reigning principles behind the tidbits.

I loved this book because I'm not an economist, yet I hear claims about the economy all the time. I've never taken Econ 101. So I got some really insightful understanding from this book, allowing me to look at issues from a different point of view. It's written at a high level, summarizing issues, with very simple charts and concepts.

There may be other economists who quibble with some details of Dr. Behravesh's opinions, even in reviews online. But academics often disagree about details, while conceding that the bulk of what was said is correct. I have heard Dr. Behravesh speak about economics - he tours the world to consult for businesses who want to understand possible future economic trends. He is highly skilled in the ability to summarize and explain current economic trends and thinking.

Behravesh has been rated consistently in the very top few by various newspapers (USA Today and Wall Street Journal) for the accuracy of his predictions.

Definitely worth reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Floyd on October 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great introduction and overview of the various concepts of economic principles and presented in a fashion any layperson to the field can appreciate and absorb.

Don't listen to the critics who claim that this book is anything but spin-free. If this book is right-wing spin, then economic principles themselves are right-wing. But that's actually not the case, the problem is that if the reader comes at this book from a far-left-wing bias, then he is going to see nothing but adversarial arguments because economics as a field of academics doesn't conform to, or confirm, the tenets of extreme liberal principles. Go back to reading "Das Kapital" if its economic falsehoods you want.

The same goes for those coming from the extreme right; there are plenty of economic arguments made that will make the extreme conservative froth at the mouth in anger, especially the parts dealing with healthcare, education, and immigration. But to me, when both extremist groups see a dangerously-opposed viewpoint in this book then it means that Mr. Behravesh is hitting all the right points.

Some of the things in this book will challenge your thinking, regardless of your ideological inclinations. That should be the point of reading it. It certainly made me consider my outlook on things I had accepted as truths. And that's what it should do to any reader who rational and reasonable.

This is the most comprehensive book on economics I have ever read (and I've read plenty). If you need a good starting point in the field of economics or just want to put your assumptions to the test, this is the book to buy.
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