Recommended Reading

As someone who cannot afford a university education but would still like to achieve some level of economic literacy, what textbooks/books do you recommend?

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  • Matthew Gayton
    commented 2018-01-04 15:15:57 -0500
    Thank you both! I have little difficulty with algebraic formulations and I’m pretty visual. I purchased Barron’s Economics as a primer and I’ve started Capital. I will put ‘Contending Economic Theories’ at the top of my book list.
  • Melanie Borders
    tagged this with upvote 2017-12-27 12:41:02 -0500
  • Nicholas Anderson
    commented 2017-12-19 22:13:49 -0500
    That really depends on what degree of economic literacy you are looking for. I highly recommend Prof. Wolff’s “Contending Economic Theories” as it introduces you to the three major schools of thought in a fairly unbiased way. However, economists have a tendency to use algebraic expressions and visual aids in order to express ideas. If you are not a visual learner it’s often difficult to wrap your head around these explanations without some formal instruction. I myself have issues with the typical visual representation of Neo-classical economics. I some cases it seems that certain explanations feel more contrived than correct, that the author of an idea bends over backwards to avoid discussing an unpalatable(and far simpler) solution. I feel it’s Marx’s ability to show how contrived some of these explanations are that validates many of his criticisms.
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