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Jason Furman

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Jason Furman is an American economist and professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
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The Race between Education and Technology
Claudia Goldin - Mar 30, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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This book provides a careful historical analysis of the co-evolution of educational attainment and the wage structure in the United States through the twentieth century. The authors propose that the twentieth century was not only the American Century but also the Human Capital Century. That is, the American educational system is what made America t...
Jason Furman
Nov 02, 2020
I'm about 12 years behind, but I finally read @PikaGoldin and @lkatz42's book (instead of just several of the papers underlying it) and thought it was excellent. Better late than never if you haven't read it yet either. My review:     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...
Jason Furman
Oct 19, 2020
The WEIRDest People in the World by @JoHenrich is among the best books I have read in the last 5-10 years. It is long but very readable and every page is worth it. My review:     source
The Riches of This Land
Jim Tankersley - Aug 11, 2020
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Vivid character-driven narrative, fused with important new economic and political reporting and research, that busts the myths about middle class decline and points the way to its revival. For over a decade, Jim Tankersley has been on a journey to understand what the hell happened to the world's greatest middle-class success story -- the post-World...
Jason Furman
Oct 10, 2020
I love how how @jimtankersley combines economic research and perceptive reporting in a book that makes an important argument--America's riches derive from its diverse contributors.     source
Divided We Fall
America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation
David French - Sep 22, 2020
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David French warns of the potential dangers to the country--and the world--if we don't summon the courage to reconcile our political differences. Two decades into the 21st Century, the U.S. is less united than at any time in our history since the Civil War. We are more diverse in our beliefs and culture than ever before. But red and blue states, se...
Jason Furman
Oct 10, 2020
@DavidAFrench practices what he preaches in this excellent book infused with tolerance for diverse perspectives. His portrayal of the dissolution of America and the concomitant collapse of the global order is scarier than any dystopia I've read. My review:     source
The Republic of Beliefs
A New Approach to Law and Economics
Kaushik Basu - Jun 12, 2018
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A leading economist offers a radically new approach to the economic analysis of the lawIn The Republic of Beliefs, Kaushik Basu, one of the world's leading economists, argues that the traditional economic analysis of the law has significant flaws and has failed to answer certain critical questions satisfactorily. Why are good laws drafted but never...
Jason Furman
Jun 08, 2019
I don’t read many books that have an idea I had never thought of but really should have. @kaushikcbasu’s Republic of Beliefs is one, arguing that laws just help us select a (hopefully better) equilibrium that could have worked absent the laws. My review:     source
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Factfulness
Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Hans Rosling - Apr 07, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent...
Jason Furman
Jan 27, 2019
I read Factfullness. Anyone who doesn't know the facts in it should read it both for its optimistic take and the mental habits it encourages. But then you should extend those same habits to the many less positive facts omitted by the book. My review     source
The Worldly Philosophers
The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers
Robert L. Heilbroner - Aug 10, 1999 (first published in 1953)
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The Worldly Philosophers not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideasnamely, the search to understand ho...
Jason Furman
Jan 19, 2019
I re-read Robert Heilbroner’s The Worldly Philsophers. Is a beautful, albeit flawed, book that I would recommend to all economists and people wanting to understand economics better. My review:     source
The People vs. Democracy
Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It
Yascha Mounk - Jun 04, 2019
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice"Everyone worried about the state of contemporary politics should read this book."--Anne-Marie Slaughter"A trenchant survey from 1989, with its democratic euphoria, to the current map of autocratic striving."--David Remnick, New YorkerThe world is in turmoil. From Russia and Turkey across Europe to the Un...
Jason Furman
Aug 20, 2018
5. The most sensible and comprehensive diagnosis of our current political situation was The People vs. Democracy by @Yascha_Mounk     source