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GDP - A Brief but Affectionate History - Revised and expanded Edition (Paperback, Revised edition): Diane Coyle GDP - A Brief but Affectionate History - Revised and expanded Edition (Paperback, Revised edition)
Diane Coyle
R328 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R62 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Why did the size of the U.S. economy increase by 3 percent on one day in mid-2013--or Ghana's balloon by 60 percent overnight in 2010? Why did the U.K. financial industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of 2008--just as the world's financial system went into meltdown? And why was Greece's chief statistician charged with treason in 2013 for apparently doing nothing more than trying to accurately report the size of his country's economy? The answers to all these questions lie in the way we define and measure national economies around the world: Gross Domestic Product. This entertaining and informative book tells the story of GDP, making sense of a statistic that appears constantly in the news, business, and politics, and that seems to rule our lives--but that hardly anyone actually understands. Diane Coyle traces the history of this artificial, abstract, complex, but exceedingly important statistic from its eighteenth- and nineteenth-century precursors through its invention in the 1940s and its postwar golden age, and then through the Great Crash up to today. The reader learns why this standard measure of the size of a country's economy was invented, how it has changed over the decades, and what its strengths and weaknesses are. The book explains why even small changes in GDP can decide elections, influence major political decisions, and determine whether countries can keep borrowing or be thrown into recession. The book ends by making the case that GDP was a good measure for the twentieth century but is increasingly inappropriate for a twenty-first-century economy driven by innovation, services, and intangible goods.

Markets, State, and People - Economics for Public Policy (Hardcover): Diane Coyle Markets, State, and People - Economics for Public Policy (Hardcover)
Diane Coyle
R956 R856 Discovery Miles 8 560 Save R100 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A textbook that examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources While economic research emphasizes the importance of governmental institutions for growth and progress, conventional public policy textbooks tend to focus on macroeconomic policies and on tax-and-spend decisions. Markets, State, and People stresses the basics of welfare economics and the interplay between individual and collective choices. It fills a gap by showing how economic theory relates to current policy questions, with a look at incentives, institutions, and efficiency. How should resources in society be allocated for the most economically efficient outcomes, and how does this sit with society's sense of fairness? Diane Coyle illustrates the ways economic ideas are the product of their historical context, and how events in turn shape economic thought. She includes many real-world examples of policies, both good and bad. Readers will learn that there are no panaceas for policy problems, but there is a practical set of theories and empirical findings that can help policymakers navigate dilemmas and trade-offs. The decisions faced by officials or politicians are never easy, but economic insights can clarify the choices to be made and the evidence that informs those choices. Coyle covers issues such as digital markets and competition policy, environmental policy, regulatory assessments, public-private partnerships, nudge policies, universal basic income, and much more. Markets, State, and People offers a new way of approaching public economics. A focus on markets and institutions Policy ideas in historical context Real-world examples How economic theory helps policymakers tackle dilemmas and choices

What's the Use of Economics? - Teaching the Dismal Science After the Crisis (Paperback): Diane Coyle What's the Use of Economics? - Teaching the Dismal Science After the Crisis (Paperback)
Diane Coyle
R420 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R31 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With the financial crisis continuing after five years, people are questioning why economics failed either to send an adequate early warning ahead of the crisis or to resolve it quickly. The gap between important real-world problems and the workhorse mathematical model-based economics being taught to students has become a chasm. Students continue to be taught as if not much has changed since the crisis, as there is no consensus about how to change the curriculum. Meanwhile, employer discontent with the knowledge and skills of their graduate economist recruits has been growing. This book examines what economists need to bring to their jobs, and the way in which education in universities could be improved to fit graduates better for the real world. It is based on an international conference in February 2012, sponsored by the UK Government Economic Service and the Bank of England, which brought employers and academics together. Three themes emerged: the narrow range of skills and knowledge demonstrated by graduates; the need for reform of the content of the courses they are taught; and the barriers to curriculum reform. While some issues remain unresolved, there was strong agreement on such key issues as the strengthening of economic history, the teaching of inductive as well as deductive reasoning, critical evaluation and communication skills, and a better alignment of lecturers' incentives with the needs of their students.

The Soulful Science - What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters - Revised Edition (Paperback, Revised edition): Diane Coyle The Soulful Science - What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters - Revised Edition (Paperback, Revised edition)
Diane Coyle
R533 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For many, Thomas Carlyle's put-down of economics as "the dismal science" rings true--especially in the aftermath of the crash of 2008. But Diane Coyle argues that economics today is more soulful than dismal, a more practical and human science than ever before. "The Soulful Science" describes the remarkable creative renaissance in economics, how economic thinking is being applied to the paradoxes of everyday life.

This revised edition incorporates the latest developments in the field, including the rise of behavioral finance, the failure of carbon trading, and the growing trend of government bailouts. She also discusses such major debates as the relationship between economic statistics and presidential elections, the boundary between private choice and public action, and who is to blame for today's banking crisis.

The Economics of Enough - How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters (Paperback): Diane Coyle The Economics of Enough - How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters (Paperback)
Diane Coyle
R541 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The world's leading economies are facing not just one but many crises. The financial meltdown may not be over, climate change threatens major global disruption, economic inequality has reached extremes not seen for a century, and government and business are widely distrusted. At the same time, many people regret the consumerism and social corrosion of modern life. What these crises have in common, Diane Coyle argues, is a reckless disregard for the future--especially in the way the economy is run. How can we achieve the financial growth we need today without sacrificing a decent future for our children, our societies, and our planet? How can we realize what Coyle calls "the Economics of Enough"?

Running the economy for tomorrow as well as today will require a wide range of policy changes. The top priority must be ensuring that we get a true picture of long-term economic prospects, with the development of official statistics on national wealth in its broadest sense, including natural and human resources. Saving and investment will need to be encouraged over current consumption. Above all, governments will need to engage citizens in a process of debate about the difficult choices that lie ahead and rebuild a shared commitment to the future of our societies.

Creating a sustainable economy--having enough to be happy without cheating the future--won't be easy. But "The Economics of Enough" starts a profoundly important conversation about how we can begin--and the first steps we need to take.

Governing the World Economy (Hardcover): Diane Coyle Governing the World Economy (Hardcover)
Diane Coyle
R1,210 R1,110 Discovery Miles 11 100 Save R100 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The global financial crisis of 1997-8 revealed that emerging market nations as well as the developed economies are vulnerable to the forces of globalization. It highlighted the need for the governance of the world economy to catch up with the pace and degree of integration through trade and financial markets.


This book argues passionately in favour of the benefits of free markets, despite the crisis. Coyle argues that the freedom to exchange and invest is valuable in itself, like other freedoms, and that it is also the only sure route to economic development. Further liberalization of trade and investment, appropriately regulated, is essential if developing countries are to attain higher living standards. Economic growth, in turn, will slow population growth and create a constituency for environmental action in the developing world.


Coyle also makes the case for a reassessment of the role and capabilities of the international financial institutions. She argues that these need to reflect a more even balance of power, despite the dominance of the US in today's world economy, and that they need to live up to their own rhetoric of transparency and accountability. Chapters on trade and financial markets look in particular at the role of the WTO and IMF, the key villains on the world stage in the eyes of many progressive development campaigners. The book also addresses the shifting political economy of international governance, looking at the way information technology has led to the development of a global opposition to the inter-governmental organizations.


This book will be read by students of economics and politics, and all those interested in debates about the nature andtrajectory of the world economy.

The Economics of Enough - How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters (Hardcover): Diane Coyle The Economics of Enough - How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters (Hardcover)
Diane Coyle
R627 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R121 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The world's leading economies are facing not just one but many crises. The financial meltdown may not be over, climate change threatens major global disruption, economic inequality has reached extremes not seen for a century, and government and business are widely distrusted. At the same time, many people regret the consumerism and social corrosion of modern life. What these crises have in common, Diane Coyle argues, is a reckless disregard for the future--especially in the way the economy is run. How can we achieve the financial growth we need today without sacrificing a decent future for our children, our societies, and our planet? How can we realize what Coyle calls "the Economics of Enough"?

Running the economy for tomorrow as well as today will require a wide range of policy changes. The top priority must be ensuring that we get a true picture of long-term economic prospects, with the development of official statistics on national wealth in its broadest sense, including natural and human resources. Saving and investment will need to be encouraged over current consumption. Above all, governments will need to engage citizens in a process of debate about the difficult choices that lie ahead and rebuild a shared commitment to the future of our societies.

Creating a sustainable economy--having enough to be happy without cheating the future--won't be easy. But "The Economics of Enough" starts a profoundly important conversation about how we can begin--and the first steps we need to take.

New Wealth for Old Nations - Scotland's Economic Prospects (Hardcover): Diane Coyle, Wendy Alexander, Brian Ashcroft New Wealth for Old Nations - Scotland's Economic Prospects (Hardcover)
Diane Coyle, Wendy Alexander, Brian Ashcroft
R2,495 R1,974 Discovery Miles 19 740 Save R521 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Many of Europe's early industrialized regions face similar difficulties in finding a new engine to boost growth despite tremendous efforts by national governments. Some outstanding economists join forces here to understand how Scotland could improve regional growth. In doing so they provide an integrated and global view of the issues at stake in a way that is understandable to many readers, and bring to the fore neglected questions. "New Wealth for Old Nations" will lead not only decision makers but also scholars interested in local development to look at regions and growth in a new and more effective way."--Jacques Thisse, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, Universite catholique de Louvai

"This book, dedicated to analyzing new approaches to growth in small economies, with a particular focus on Scotland, is replete with interesting, stimulating, and insightful chapters. Each chapter is not only technically competent but is written in a lively and compelling manner. Each addresses economic growth from a broad spectrum of perspectives, spanning enterprise and innovation, to the mobility of skilled labor, to demographics and the governance of public services. The introduction provides an excellent context."--David B. Audretsch, Director, Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Public Policy Group, Max Planck Institute

"The exceptional quality of the contributors and the skills of the editors combine with well-balanced and comprehensive coverage and with first-rate writing to make this book a compelling read."--Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley

Challenge of Immigration - A Radical Solution (Paperback, New): Gary S. Becker Challenge of Immigration - A Radical Solution (Paperback, New)
Gary S. Becker; Commentary by Diane Coyle
R206 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R40 (19%) Out of stock

The issue of migration has often divided political economists - even those of a broadly free-market perspective. In this "IEA Occasional Paper", Nobel Laureate Gary Becker briefly discusses the benefits and some of the problems arising from migration. He then makes a radical proposal that should satisfy many on both sides of the debate. Becker proposes that immigrants should be charged to enter countries such as the USA and the UK. This might be regarded by some as an inappropriate way to deal with the problems caused by unlimited migration. However, the author lucidly presents his case, showing how it will help both migrants and the country they are entering whilst defusing debates surrounding migration. Furthermore, he makes a powerful case that his proposal will help ease the serious problem of illegal migration. The publication also includes a commentary from Diane Coyle.

Governing the World Economy (Paperback): Diane Coyle Governing the World Economy (Paperback)
Diane Coyle
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Out of stock

The global financial crisis of 1997-8 revealed that emerging market nations as well as the developed economies are vulnerable to the forces of globalization. It highlighted the need for the governance of the world economy to catch up with the pace and degree of integration through trade and financial markets.


This book argues passionately in favour of the benefits of free markets, despite the crisis. Coyle argues that the freedom to exchange and invest is valuable in itself, like other freedoms, and that it is also the only sure route to economic development. Further liberalization of trade and investment, appropriately regulated, is essential if developing countries are to attain higher living standards. Economic growth, in turn, will slow population growth and create a constituency for environmental action in the developing world.


Coyle also makes the case for a reassessment of the role and capabilities of the international financial institutions. She argues that these need to reflect a more even balance of power, despite the dominance of the US in today's world economy, and that they need to live up to their own rhetoric of transparency and accountability. Chapters on trade and financial markets look in particular at the role of the WTO and IMF, the key villains on the world stage in the eyes of many progressive development campaigners. The book also addresses the shifting political economy of international governance, looking at the way information technology has led to the development of a global opposition to the inter-governmental organizations.


This book will be read by students of economics and politics, and all those interested in debates about the nature andtrajectory of the world economy.

El Producto Interno Bruto - Una Historia Breve Pero Entranable (Spanish, Paperback): Diane Coyle El Producto Interno Bruto - Una Historia Breve Pero Entranable (Spanish, Paperback)
Diane Coyle
R209 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R14 (7%) Out of stock
Work Inequality Basic Income, Volume 2 (Paperback): Brishen Rogers, Philippe Van Parjis, Dorian Warren, Tommie Shelby, Diane... Work Inequality Basic Income, Volume 2 (Paperback)
Brishen Rogers, Philippe Van Parjis, Dorian Warren, Tommie Shelby, Diane Coyle; Contributions by …
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Out of stock
The Weightless World - Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy (Paperback, New Ed): Diane Coyle The Weightless World - Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy (Paperback, New Ed)
Diane Coyle
R870 R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Save R204 (23%) Out of stock

A call to develop a new politics for the age of the digital economy-when currency and goods literally have no weight. The Weightless World is the first book to map an economic world that has been turned upside down by digital technology and global business. How will our careers, businesses, and governments change in a world where bytes are the only currency and where the goods that shape our lives-global financial transactions, computer code, and cyberspace commerce-literally have no weight? Addressing such problems as economic inequity and unemployment, Diane Coyle calls on individuals and governments to develop a new politics of weightlessness so that the economic benefits can be shared fairly. She proposes the creation of a radical center as the way to a new era of human creativity and economic prosperity.

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