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Economics in Two Lessons - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly (Hardcover): John Quiggin Economics in Two Lessons - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly (Hardcover)
John Quiggin
R630 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R191 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A masterful introduction to the key ideas behind the successes "and failures "of free-market economics Since 1946, Henry Hazlitt (TM)s bestselling Economics in One Lesson has popularized the belief that economics can be boiled down to one simple lesson: market prices represent the true cost of everything. But one-lesson economics tells only half the story. It can explain why markets often work so well, but it can (TM)t explain why they often fail so badly "or what we should do when they stumble. As Nobel Prize "winning economist Paul Samuelson quipped, oeWhen someone preaches ~Economics in one lesson, (TM) I advise: Go back for the second lesson. In Economics in Two Lessons, John Quiggin teaches both lessons, offering a masterful introduction to the key ideas behind the successes "and failures "of free markets. Economics in Two Lessons explains why market prices often fail to reflect the full cost of our choices to society as a whole. For example, every time we drive a car, fly in a plane, or flick a light switch, we contribute to global warming. But, in the absence of a price on carbon emissions, the costs of our actions are borne by everyone else. In such cases, government action is needed to achieve better outcomes. Two-lesson economics means giving up the dogmatism of laissez-faire as well as the reflexive assumption that any economic problem can be solved by government action, since the right answer often involves a mixture of market forces and government policy. But the payoff is huge: understanding how markets actually work "and what to do when they don (TM)t. Brilliantly accessible, Economics in Two Lessons unlocks the essential issues at the heart of any economic question.

Carbon Pricing - Early Experience and Future Prospects (Hardcover): John Quiggin, David Adamson, Daniel Quiggin Carbon Pricing - Early Experience and Future Prospects (Hardcover)
John Quiggin, David Adamson, Daniel Quiggin
R1,942 Discovery Miles 19 420 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 2012, Australia took the major step of introducing a carbon price, involving the creation of a system of emissions permits initially issued at a fixed price. Carbon Pricing brings together experts instrumental in the development, and operation, of Australia's carbon policy who have played a significant role in the broader debate over climate change policy. Together they have achieved an in-depth analysis of Australia's policy stance on pricing carbon and its implications for the wider economy. While the future of carbon pricing is itself unclear in Australia, the experiences, insights and conclusions outlined herein will prove invaluable to a global audience. The assessment of the initial operation of the carbon price provides a wide range of insights into the problems of mitigating climate change, and the prospects for the future. The critical analysis will provide a valuable resource to inform wider international debates concerning alternative mechanisms for internalising the carbon externality, tax reform, climate scepticism and carbon farming initiatives. With its interdisciplinary approach, Carbon Pricing, will appeal to scholars and researchers of economics in general and climate change, natural resources and energy policy in particular. Those organisations and policymakers involved in similar experiments and processes in other countries will find the experiences and analysis invaluable.

Water Policy Reform - Lessons in Sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin (Hardcover): John Quiggin, Thilak... Water Policy Reform - Lessons in Sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin (Hardcover)
John Quiggin, Thilak Mallawaarachchi, Sarah Chambers
R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Agriculture in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia represents a controversial `policy experiment' comprising large capital investments, innovation and enterprise across a hundred-year period. This book, which contains contributions from some of Australia's foremost economic, social science and public policy researchers and writers, examines the evolution of public policy frameworks that transformed water management from initial exploitation for irrigation as a dominant single use to a dynamic multiple use resource system. Water Policy Reform provides both analytical insights and examples of successes and failures in developing water policy in a complex and politically-contested environment. As such, this work attempts to develop a comprehensive management plan for the Basin and provides novel and invaluable lessons for an increasingly global problem. This well-researched study will interest both economists and those with public policy interest in academia and the public sector, including development agencies concerned with sustainable water resource management.

Economics in Two Lessons Lib/E - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly (Standard format, CD): John Quiggin Economics in Two Lessons Lib/E - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly (Standard format, CD)
John Quiggin; Read by Gildart Jackson
R643 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R187 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Zombie Economics - How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us (Paperback, Revised edition): John Quiggin Zombie Economics - How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us (Paperback, Revised edition)
John Quiggin
R323 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R63 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the graveyard of economic ideology, dead ideas still stalk the land.

The recent financial crisis laid bare many of the assumptions behind market liberalism--the theory that market-based solutions are always best, regardless of the problem. For decades, their advocates dominated mainstream economics, and their influence created a system where an unthinking faith in markets led many to view speculative investments as fundamentally safe. The crisis seemed to have killed off these ideas, but they still live on in the minds of many--members of the public, commentators, politicians, economists, and even those charged with cleaning up the mess. In "Zombie Economics," John Quiggin explains how these dead ideas still walk among us--and why we must find a way to kill them once and for all if we are to avoid an even bigger financial crisis in the future.

"Zombie Economics" takes the reader through the origins, consequences, and implosion of a system of ideas whose time has come and gone. These beliefs--that deregulation had conquered the financial cycle, that markets were always the best judge of value, that policies designed to benefit the rich made everyone better off--brought us to the brink of disaster once before, and their persistent hold on many threatens to do so again. Because these ideas will never die unless there is an alternative, "Zombie Economics" also looks ahead at what could replace market liberalism, arguing that a simple return to traditional Keynesian economics and the politics of the welfare state will not be enough--either to kill dead ideas, or prevent future crises.

In a new chapter, Quiggin brings the book up to date with a discussion of the re-emergence of pre-Keynesian ideas about austerity and balanced budgets as a response to recession.

Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us (Paperback): John Quiggin Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us (Paperback)
John Quiggin
R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In the graveyard of economic ideology, dead ideas still stalk the land. The recent financial crisis laid bare many of the assumptions behind market liberalism - the theory that markets always know best, regardless of the problem. For decades, its advocates had dominated economics, helping to create an unthinking faith in markets, in which speculative investments were seen as fundamentally safe. The crisis seemed to kill off such ideas, but they still live on in the minds of many - members of the public, commentators, politicians, economists, and even those charged with cleaning up the mess. In Zombie Economics, John Quiggin explains how dead ideas still walk among us, in Australia and abroad - and why we must find a way to kill them once and for all if we are to avoid an even bigger crisis in the future. And because these ideas will never die unless there is an alternative, Zombie Economics also looks ahead at what could replace market liberalism, arguing that a simple return to Keynesian economics and the politics of the welfare state will not be enough - either to kill dead ideas, or to prevent future crises. This local edition includes a new chapter on the Australian scene. Praise for Zombie Economics 'A writer of great verve who marshals some powerful evidence.' Financial Times 'I recommend it highly.' Ross Gittins, Sydney Morning Herald 'An elegant critical introduction and analysis of some of the key ideas of modern economic thought.' Satyajit Das 'Killing vampires and werewolves is easy enough. But how does one slay economic zombies - ideas that should have died long ago but still shamble forward? Armed with nothing but the truth, John Quiggin sets about dispatching these dead ideas once and for all in this engaging book.' Brad Delong, University of California 'As Quiggin explains with elegance, lucidity and deadpan humour, the undead ideas here are interconnected- killing one causes it to knock over another in a sort of zombie-dominoes effect.' Guardian 'A terrific book ...quite a page-turner.' Andrew Leigh MP, former Professor of Economics, Australian National University

Generalized Expected Utility Theory - The Rank-Dependent Model (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993):... Generalized Expected Utility Theory - The Rank-Dependent Model (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993)
John Quiggin
R2,424 R2,299 Discovery Miles 22 990 Save R125 (5%) Special order

Economic analysis of choice under uncertainty has been dominated by the expected utility (EU) model, yet the EU model has never been without critics. Psychologists accumulated evidence that individual choices under uncertainty were inconsistent with the predictions of the EU model. Applied work in areas such as finance was dominated by the simpler mean-variance analysis. In the 1980s this skepticism was dispelled as a number of generalizations of EU were proposed, most of which were capable of explaining evidence inconsistent with EU, while preserving transitivity and dominance. Generalized expected utility is now a flourishing subfield of economics, with dozens of competing models and considerable literature exploring their theoretical properties and comparing their empirical performance. But the EU model remains the principal tool for the analysis of choice under uncertainty. There is a view that generalized models are too difficult to handle or incapable of generating sharp results. This creates a need to show that the new models can be used in the kinds of economic analysis for which EU has been used, and that they can yield new and interesting results. This book meets this need by describing one of the most popular generalized models -- the rank-dependent expected utility model (RDEU), also known as anticipated utility, EU with rank-dependent preferences, the dual theory of choice under uncertainty, and simply as rank-dependent utility. As the many names indicate, the model has been approached in many ways by many scientists and for this reason, consideration of a single model sheds light on many of the concerns that have motivated the development of generalized utility models. The popularity of the RDEU model rests on its simplicity and tractability. The standard tools of analysis developed for EU theory may be applied to the RDEU model, but since RDEU admits behavior inconsistent with EU, the field of potential applications is widened. As such, the RDEU model is not as much a competitor to EU as an extension based on less restrictive assumptions.

Uncertainty, Production, Choice, and Agency - The State-Contingent Approach (Hardcover): Robert G. Chambers, John Quiggin Uncertainty, Production, Choice, and Agency - The State-Contingent Approach (Hardcover)
Robert G. Chambers, John Quiggin
R1,636 Discovery Miles 16 360 Special order

This book demonstrates that the state-contingent approach provides the best way to think about all problems in the economics of uncertainty, including problems of consumer choice, the theory of the firm, and principal agent relationships. The authors demonstrate that dual methods apply under uncertainty and that the dual representations can be developed for stochastic technologies. Moreover, proper exploitation of the properties of alternative primal and dual representations of preferences allows analysts to generalize and extend the results of the existing literature on preferences under uncertainty, thus making expected-utility theory largely superfluous for many decisions.

Generalized Expected Utility Theory - The Rank-Dependent Model (Hardcover, 1993 ed.): John Quiggin Generalized Expected Utility Theory - The Rank-Dependent Model (Hardcover, 1993 ed.)
John Quiggin
R3,124 R2,957 Discovery Miles 29 570 Save R167 (5%) Special order

Economic analysis of choice under uncertainty has been dominated by the expected utility (EU) model, yet the EU model has never been without critics. Psychologists accumulated evidence that individual choices under uncertainty were inconsistent with the predictions of the EU model. Applied work in areas such as finance was dominated by the simpler mean-variance analysis. In the 1980s this skepticism was dispelled as a number of generalizations of EU were proposed, most of which were capable of explaining evidence inconsistent with EU, while preserving transitivity and dominance. Generalized expected utility is now a flourishing subfield of economics, with dozens of competing models and considerable literature exploring their theoretical properties and comparing their empirical performance. But the EU model remains the principal tool for the analysis of choice under uncertainty. There is a view that generalized models are too difficult to handle or incapable of generating sharp results. This creates a need to show that the new models can be used in the kinds of economic analysis for which EU has been used, and that they can yield new and interesting results. This book meets this need by describing one of the most popular generalized models -- the rank-dependent expected utility model (RDEU), also known as anticipated utility, EU with rank-dependent preferences, the dual theory of choice under uncertainty, and simply as rank-dependent utility. As the many names indicate, the model has been approached in many ways by many scientists and for this reason, consideration of a single model sheds light on many of the concerns that have motivated the development of generalized utility models. The popularity of the RDEU model rests on its simplicity and tractability. The standard tools of analysis developed for EU theory may be applied to the RDEU model, but since RDEU admits behavior inconsistent with EU, the field of potential applications is widened. As such, the RDEU model is not as much a competitor to EU as an extension based on less restrictive assumptions.

Uncertainty, Production, Choice, and Agency - The State-Contingent Approach (Paperback): Robert G. Chambers, John Quiggin Uncertainty, Production, Choice, and Agency - The State-Contingent Approach (Paperback)
Robert G. Chambers, John Quiggin
R887 Discovery Miles 8 870 Special order

This book demonstrates that the state-contingent approach provides the best way to think about all problems in the economics of uncertainty, including problems of consumer choice, the theory of the firm, and principal agent relationships. The authors demonstrate that dual methods apply under uncertainty and that the dual representations can be developed for stochastic technologies. Moreover, proper exploitation of the properties of alternative primal and dual representations of preferences allows analysts to generalize and extend the results of the existing literature on preferences under uncertainty, thus making expected-utility theory largely superfluous for many decisions.

Taxing Times - A Guide to Australia's Tax Debate (Paperback): John Quiggin Taxing Times - A Guide to Australia's Tax Debate (Paperback)
John Quiggin
R185 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R36 (19%) Special order

Taxation is perhaps the longest-running subject for debate in Australian politics. In this book John Quiggin argues that a GST on its own will not restore the credibility of the tax system.

Economics in Two Lessons Lib/E - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly (Standard format, CD): John Quiggin Economics in Two Lessons Lib/E - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly (Standard format, CD)
John Quiggin; Read by Gildart Jackson
R1,908 R1,297 Discovery Miles 12 970 Save R611 (32%) Special order
Economics in Two Lessons Lib/E - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly (MP3 format, CD): John Quiggin Economics in Two Lessons Lib/E - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly (MP3 format, CD)
John Quiggin; Read by Gildart Jackson
R561 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R157 (28%) Special order
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