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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 Netanyahus
An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family
Joshua Cohen - 2021-06-22
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Corbin College, not quite upstate New York, winter 1959–1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian—but not an historian of the Jews—is co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the...
Jason Furman
Utterly hilarious and insightful book.      source
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Career and Family
Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity
Claudia Goldin - 2021-10-12
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A renowned economic historian traces women's journey to close the gender wage gap and sheds new light on the continued struggle to achieve equity between couples at homeA century ago, it was a given that a woman with a college degree had to choose between having a career and a family. Today, there are more female college graduates than ever before,...
Jason Furman
Claudia Goldin's (@PikaGoldin)'s book "Career and Family" is an extraordinary synthesis of a career's research on the question of the disparities and challenges facing women in the workforce--and also what to do them. Could not recommend it more highly.      source
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The Price of Peace
Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes
Zachary D. Carter - 2020-05-19
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A page-turning biography of world-changing economist John Maynard Keynes and the big ideas that outlived him.In the spring of 1934, Virginia Woolf sketched an affectionate biographical portrait of her great friend John Maynard Keynes. Writing a full two years before Keynes would revolutionize the economics world with the publication of The General ...
Jason Furman
@zachdcarter's biography of Keynes is extraordinary: insightful, well written, nuanced, etc. The biography was the first two-thirds of the book and my review spends more space on my concerns on the last third because I had more to add on that topic.      source
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The Race between Education and Technology
Claudia Goldin - 2010-03-30 (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
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
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The WEIRDest People in the World
How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
Joseph Henrich - 2020-09-08
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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
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
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The Riches of This Land
Jim Tankersley - 2020-08-11
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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
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
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Divided We Fall
America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation
David French - 2020-09-22
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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
@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
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The Republic of Beliefs
A New Approach to Law and Economics
Kaushik Basu - 2018-06-12
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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
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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Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Hans Rosling - 2020-04-07 (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
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
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The Worldly Philosophers
The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers
Robert L. Heilbroner - 1999-08-10 (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
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