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Good Economics for Hard Times (original: 2019; edição: 2019)

de Abhijit V. Banerjee (Autor), Esther Duflo (Autor)

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The winners of the Nobel Prize show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day. Figuring out how to deal with today's critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it. Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change--these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington, DC. The resources to address these challenges are there--what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable. In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo take on this challenge, building on cutting-edge research in economics explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative, and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times makes a persuasive case for an intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect. It is an extraordinary achievement, one that shines a light to help us appreciate and understand our precariously balanced world.… (mais)
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Título:Good Economics for Hard Times
Autores:Abhijit V. Banerjee (Autor)
Outros autores:Esther Duflo (Autor)
Informação:PublicAffairs (2019), 432 pages
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I occasionally read books about economics because although I understand very liitle about it, it's a topic I find interesting. This was a good read mostly. It went on too much at certain points and as usual with economics books some went right over my head. ( )
  infjsarah | Jul 8, 2021 |
For personal reasons, it was a fun read. My undergraduate degree is in economics, and I actually worked as an economist early in my career, but it's been a while. The book took me back to my academic roots...I hadn't seen the word "autarky" in print for decades!

More generally, I think the authors write well; they are slightly left-leaning and see a strong role for government, but that doesn't offend my particular sensibilities. I liked their description of several randomized controlled trials in economics -- I wasn't familiar with most of them. I liked the discussion of current issues, including migration and trade and income/wealth inequality. I liked the debunking of "truths" such as understanding what drives economic growth and that GDP is a good proxy for well-being. ( )
  LynnB | Jan 20, 2021 |
The authors are (generally) great economists, but this isn't a great book. Some chapters are very good, but for a book which talks about how there is a big gap between economists and the public, and tries to explain why, it misses large numbers of reasons -- essentially that factors other than economic utility maximization matter to many people. In the chapter on immigration, it focused entirely on the arguments for immigrants being (pretty clearly) good for society overall economically, and very good for the immigrants themselves, with the only economic argument being that gains are unequally distributed (and some people lose). Doesn't take into consideration the non-economic or indirect changes (such as political shifts) caused by immigration -- it could be quite reasonable for someone to accept $Nk less per capita GDP, and $Yk less annual personal income, if it preserves a political order for 20 years longer than otherwise.

Generally pretty leftist in both assumptions and goals, although probably technocratic or statist is the stronger bias.

The best parts of the book are descriptions of methodology, vs. specific arguments and conclusions. There is some good work in economics in finding suitable randomized. controlled trials and natural experiments. One of the more interesting areas is the analysis of means-tested, conditional cash transfers, and blanket/UBI type grants. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Estos dos economistas son de los que piensan que la economía no tiene por qué servir al capitalismo, sino que puede combatirlo o, al menos, reformarlo. A ello han dedicado su vida y en este libro resumen muchas de sus impresiones. Como casi siempre, resulta más fácil diagnosticar el problema que proponer soluciones, pero ellos lo intentan. Y consiguen que vea algunas cosas de modo diferente. Por ejemplo, que las personas no emigran con facilidad sino que tienen que estar verdaderamente desesperadas, o que no sabemos realmente los motivos por los que un país empìeza a crecer o deja de hacerlo. Tengo el libro lleno de llamadas y subrayados sobre los muy diversos temas que se van tratando.

Y es que este se supone que es un libro de economía, pero en realidad los autores llaman "economía" a todo el conjunto de ciencias sociales, en especial la sociología, la política y la psicología social, con retazos de antropología cultural y de historia. Lo curioso es que parecen dominar lo suficiente todas estas disciplinas, o por lo menos han leído lo suficiente. En algunos momentos aluden a la forma en que las universidades de élite norteamericanas, donde ellos se han formado y trabajan, procuran que los profesores y los estudiantes de disciplinas muy diversas compartan su tiempo, que charlen y se intercambien ideas. Seguramente eso está detrás del aire multidisciplinar que tiene este libro y que es, en mi opinión, una de sus grandes virtudes.

Un problema es que casi todo lo que se dice es aplicable a Estados Unidos, con su ultraliberalismo tradicional, pero ellos mismos reconocen que en Europa o en otros lugares del mundo quizá no lo sea tanto. Sus ejemplos están tomados de aquel país, seguido de lejos por la India, pero otras zonas aparecen solo de forma esporádica. Esto hace que sus ideas no siempre me resulten cercanas, en especial en todo lo referido a la presencia del Estado y a la protección socio-sanitaria de los ciudadanos.

En fin, el lenguaje utilizado es, como cabía esperar, muy asequible. Sin renunciar a los datos, casi siempre se hacen entender bastante bien, aunque a veces caigan inconscientemente en la terminología profesional que ellos suponen todo el mundo conoce. Las anécdotas personales y el tono coloquial ayudan mucho a mantener la atención. ( )
  caflores | Dec 23, 2020 |
An excellent book on contemporary economics, and a great read as well. Of course, as Nobel laureates, you expect an authoritative exposition, but these authors take the trouble of going beyond bland statements of theory, and bring up recent and past studies on how actual markets and consumers behave. They take up many burning issues of the day, such as the gains (and pains!) of international free trade, immigration, poverty, income distribution (and disparities), taxes and subsidies, income supplements and government institutions, and so on. Every paragraph is supported by citations and references. This one goes the extra mile in clarifying knotty issues and suggesting a rational, fact-based response, all in direct, simple, down-to-earth language. ( )
  Dilip-Kumar | Sep 15, 2020 |
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The winners of the Nobel Prize show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day. Figuring out how to deal with today's critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it. Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change--these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington, DC. The resources to address these challenges are there--what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable. In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo take on this challenge, building on cutting-edge research in economics explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative, and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times makes a persuasive case for an intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect. It is an extraordinary achievement, one that shines a light to help us appreciate and understand our precariously balanced world.

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