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  • Published: 25 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9780718197032
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99
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Economics: The User's Guide: A Pelican Introduction


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A Pelican introduction to economics that shows why we need not - indeed shouldnot - leave it to the experts alone.

What is economics?
What can - and can't it explain about the world?
Why does it matter?

In Economics: The User's Guide, bestselling author Ha-Joon Chang explains how the global economy works, and why anyone can understand the dismal science. Unlike many economists who claim there is only one way of 'doing economics', he introduces readers to a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, revealing how they all have their strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. By ignoring the received wisdom, and exposing the myriad forces that shape our financial fate, Chang provides the tools that every responsible citizen needs to understand - and address - our current economic woes.

  • Pub date: 25 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9780718197032
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Ha-Joon Chang

Born in South Korea, Ha-Joon Chang is a specialist in development economics and Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge. In 2005, Chang was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He is author of Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002), which won the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize, and Bad Samaritans: Rich Nations, Poor Policies and the Threat to the Developing World (2007).

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