Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Course reading:
The following books are assigned and required for the course. There will be a significant number of other readings assigned and posted on this blog. You should make visiting the blog a regular practice.
Additionally I will ask you to watch some videos and listen to some audio podcasts to supplement course lecture. Among my favorite sources is Econtalk, a podcast produced by GMU professor Russ Roberts.

Roger Miller, Daniel Benjamin, Douglass North. The Economics of Public Issues.

F.A. Hayek. The Road to Serfdom.*

Lant Pritchett. Let Their People Come.**

Steven Landsburg. The Armchair Economist.*

Arnold Kling. Crisis of Abundance.

* Any edition.

**Download online for free here.

The following texts are available through Amazon for the Kindle, or at Barnes and Noble for the Nook as well. If you don't have a Kindle or a Nook, you can download the Kindle App or the Nook App for your computer.
The Kindle/Nook prices are usually lower than the price of the book new, but not used, depending on shipping costs. Included are the Kindle prices.
F.A. Hayek. The Road to Serfdom. $9.35
Steven Landsburg. The Armchair Economist. $10.99
Arnold Kling. Crisis of Abundance. $7.20
The following text is available in audiobook format as well.
Hayek's Road to Serfdom is $14.99 at iTunes and it may be cheaper (and drm free) at Amazon. I don't have a problem with you listening to this book rather than reading it, so long as you can absorb the relevant material.
Hint: most mp3 players will let you play the audio at 2x the speed. That turns listening to this book from a 10 hour task into 5 hours. Of course, reading from the printed page is usually even faster, but not advisable while driving...

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