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Noah Smith is a former Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He was an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University, and he blogs at Noahpinion.
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The Rise of China´s Industrial Policy (1978 to 2020) book cover
The Rise of China´s Industrial Policy (1978 to 2020)
Barry Naughton - 2021-03-24
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Noah Smith
2022-07-14T23:56:11.000Z
@lichunan I loved Barry Naughton's book on this: It explained how China's industrial policy shifted from regional to national around the time of the Great Recession.      source
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How Asia Works
Joe Studwell - 2014-05-20 (first published in 2013)
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“Pithy, well-written and intellectually vigorous . . . Studwell’s thesis is bold, his arguments persuasive, and his style pugnacious. It adds up to a highly readable and important book.” —Financial TimesIn the 1980s and 1990s many in the West came to believe in the myth of an East-Asian economic miracle, with countries seen as not just development ...
Noah Smith
2022-03-28T05:27:41.000Z
@kamilkazani Oh yeah. I HIGHLY recommend "How Asia Works", and several of the books it's based on, including "MITI and the Japanese Miracle" and "The Park Chung Hee Era". Amazing stuff.      source
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The Park Chung Hee Era book cover
The Park Chung Hee Era
The Transformation of South Korea
2013-03-11 (first published in 2011)
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In 1961 South Korea was mired in poverty. By 1979 it had a powerful industrial economy and a vibrant civil society in the making, which would lead to a democratic breakthrough eight years later. The transformation took place during the years of Park Chung Hee's presidency. Park seized power in a coup in 1961 and ruled as a virtual dictator until hi...
Noah Smith
2022-03-28T05:27:41.000Z
@kamilkazani Oh yeah. I HIGHLY recommend "How Asia Works", and several of the books it's based on, including "MITI and the Japanese Miracle" and "The Park Chung Hee Era". Amazing stuff.      source
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MITI and the Japanese Miracle
The Growth of Industrial Policy, 1925-1975
Chalmers A. Johnson - 1982-06-01
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The focus of this book is on the Japanese economic bureaucracy, particularly on the famous Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), as the leading state actor in the economy. Although MITI was not the only important agent affecting the economy, nor was the state as a whole always predominant, I do not want to be overly modest about the ...
Noah Smith
2022-03-28T05:27:41.000Z
@kamilkazani Oh yeah. I HIGHLY recommend "How Asia Works", and several of the books it's based on, including "MITI and the Japanese Miracle" and "The Park Chung Hee Era". Amazing stuff.      source
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Economism
Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality
James Kwak - 2017-01-10
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Here is a bracing deconstruction of the framework for understanding the world that is learned as gospel in Economics 101, regardless of its imaginary assumptions and misleading half-truths.Economism: an ideology that distorts the valid principles and tools of introductory college economics, propagated by self-styled experts, zealous lobbyists, clue...
Noah Smith
2020-10-24T17:28:55.000Z
And @jamesykwak's book "Economism" gives a good rundown of how pro-market economic theories were always a rather poor tool for advancing pro-business ideology.      source
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The Spanish Civil War
Antony Beevor - 1983-11-01
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The Spanish Civil War is a compelling account of one of the most hard-fought and bitter wars of the twentieth century: a war of atrocities and political genocide that was a military testing ground before the Second World War for the Russians, Italians, and Germans.With his thorough and contemporary examination of the Spanish civil war, historian An...
Noah Smith
2019-11-25T02:57:11.000Z
@worzelgummidg15 I did! Great book.      source
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Can Japan Compete?
Michael E. Porter, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Mariko Sakakibara - 2000-10-01
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In Can Japan Compete?, world-renowned competition strategist Michael Porter and his colleagues explain why American assumptions about Japan have proved so inaccurate, what Japan must do to regain its strength, and what its journey can tell us about how to succeed in the new global economy. The research behind this book began in the early 1990s, at ...
Noah Smith
2019-08-17T16:04:55.000Z
14/A good book about how industrial policy can fail is "Can Japan Compete?". It's about how Japan's legendary MITI ran off the rails in the 80s and stopped being effective. A good cautionary tale.      source
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Diversity Paradox, The
Immigration and the Color Line in Twenty-First Century America
Jennifer Lee, Frank D. Bean - 2010-05-13
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African Americans grappled with Jim Crow segregation until it was legally overturned in the 1960s. In subsequent decades, the country witnessed a new wave of immigration from Asia and Latin America—forever changing the face of American society and making it more racially diverse than ever before. In The Diversity Paradox, authors Jennifer Lee and F...
Noah Smith
2018-07-11T18:12:37.000Z
"The Diversity Paradox" is the best book I've read on how diversity and immigration are changing Americans' ideas about race. You should read it, and you should follow @JLeeSoc on Twitter!      source