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Dani Rodrik

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Dani Rodrik is a Turkish economist and Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was formerly the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of the Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
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Tomorrow, the World
The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy
Stephen Wertheim - Oct 27, 2020
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A new history explains how and why, as it prepared to enter World War II, the United States decided to lead the postwar world.For most of its history, the United States avoided making political and military commitments that would entangle it in European-style power politics. Then, suddenly, it conceived a new role for itself as the world's armed su...
Dani Rodrik
Dec 31, 2020
A wonderful book about how ideas — in particular the way we frame apparent alternatives such as international “isolationism” vs “engagement” — shape our perception of interests. ⁦@stephenwertheim⁩      source
The WEIRDest People in the World
How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
Joseph Henrich - Sep 08, 2020
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Harvard University's Joseph Henrich, Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, delivers a bold, epic investigation into the development of the Western mind, global psychological diversity, and its impact on the worldPerhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. If so, you're...
Dani Rodrik
Nov 06, 2020
Finished this while waiting for the results. Huge book but eminently readable. And very important. Highly recommended.      source
This book examines how a society that is trapped in stagnation might initiate and sustain economic and political development. In this context, progress requires the reform of existing arrangements, along with the complementary evolution of informal institutions. It involves enhancing state capacity, balancing broad avenues for political input, and ...
Dani Rodrik
May 26, 2020
A very nice book applying game theory tools systematically to problems of economic development by @WilliamDFergus1.      source
Making Sense of Incentives
Taming Business Incentives to Promote Prosperity
Timothy J. Bartik - Oct 15, 2019
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"In evaluating incentives, everything depends on the details: how much in incentives it takes to truly cause a firm to locate or expand, the multiplier effects, the effects of jobs on employment rates, how jobs affect tax revenue versus public spending needs. Do benefits of incentives exceed costs? This depends on the details. This book is about th...
Dani Rodrik
Nov 18, 2019
A great little book on how to design sensible local business incentives by ⁦@TimBartik⁩. This is a model of good applied economics.      source
Ghost Work
How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass
Mary L. Gray - May 07, 2019
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In the spirit of Nickel and Dimed, a necessary and revelatory expose of the invisible human workforce that powers the web—and that foreshadows the true future of work.Hidden beneath the surface of the web, lost in our wrong-headed debates about AI, a new menace is looming. Anthropologist Mary L. Gray and computer scientist Siddharth Suri team up to...
Dani Rodrik
May 19, 2019
This is a fantastic book. (Thanks ⁦@margaretlevi⁩ for the recommendation.)      source
The Future of Capitalism
Facing the New Anxieties
Paul Collier - Dec 04, 2018
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Bill Gates's Five Books for Summer Reading 2019From world-renowned economist Paul Collier, a candid diagnosis of the failures of capitalism and a pragmatic and realistic vision for how we can repair it.Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of the United States and other Western societies: thriving cities versus rural counties, the highly skil...
Dani Rodrik
Mar 15, 2019
"The Future of Capitalism" by Paul Collier is a very good book.      source
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The Once and Future Worker
A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America
Oren Cass - Nov 13, 2018
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"[Cass's] core principle--a culture of respect for work of all kinds--can help close the gap dividing the two Americas...." - William A. Galston, The Brookings InstitutionThe American worker is in crisis. Wages have stagnated for more than a generation. Reliance on welfare programs has surged. Life expectancy is falling as substance abuse and obesi...
Dani Rodrik
Nov 01, 2018
Finally, a (perhaps surprising) argument for expanded wage subsidies from the right of the political spectrum, by Oren Cass.      source
Uneven Centuries
Economic Development of Turkey since 1820 (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)
Şevket Pamuk - Nov 20, 2018
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The first comprehensive history of the Turkish economyThe population and economy of the area within the present-day borders of Turkey has consistently been among the largest in the developing world, yet there has been no authoritative economic history of Turkey until now. In Uneven Centuries, Şevket Pamuk examines the economic growth and human deve...
Dani Rodrik
Nov 01, 2018
Next a great book on Turkish/Ottoman economic history by the doyen of Turkish economic historians      source
Where Economics Went Wrong
Chicago's Abandonment of Classical Liberalism
David Colander - Nov 27, 2018
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How modern economics abandoned classical liberalism and lost its wayMilton Friedman once predicted that advances in scientific economics would resolve debates about whether raising the minimum wage is good policy. Decades later, Friedman's prediction has not come true. In Where Economics Went Wrong, David Colander and Craig Freedman argue that it n...
Dani Rodrik
Nov 01, 2018
I have no fewer than 3 book recommendations today. First a great book on economics and where it went wrong. The subtitle should intrigue and scintillate.      source
EuroTragedy
A Drama in Nine Acts
Ashoka Mody - Jun 01, 2018
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May 1950: five years after the second of two catastrophic wars, European nations began building a magnificent structure of institutional cooperation and open trade borders to secure peace and prosperity. Then, in 1969, they took an astonishingly ill-advised leap toward a single currency--requiring a single monetary policy for vastly divergent econo...
Dani Rodrik
Jun 22, 2018
Mody's book is a masterful account of the tragedy of the euro. Highly recommend it.      source
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When Things Don't Fall Apart
Global Financial Governance and Developmental Finance in an Age of Productive Incoherence (The MIT Press)
Ilene Grabel - Aug 06, 2019
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An account of the significant though gradual, uneven, disconnected, ad hoc, and pragmatic innovations in global financial governance and developmental finance induced by the global financial crisis.In When Things Don't Fall Apart, Ilene Grabel challenges the dominant view that the global financial crisis had little effect on global financial govern...
Dani Rodrik
Jan 18, 2018
If you are interested in the global financial system, you must read this book      source
The Space between Us by Ryan Enos
Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole
Adaptive Markets by Andrew W. lo
The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein