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£14.99
Published
12 March 2024
Hardback
978-1-913083-49-6
Ebook
978-1-913083-50-2
Press Release
By Andrew Leigh:

 

‘If you read just one book about economics, make it Andrew Leigh’s clear, insightful, remarkable – and short – work’
Claudia Goldin, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
The Shortest History of Economics unearths the hidden economic forces behind war, innovation and social transformation, tracing how capitalism and the market system emerged.
From the emergence of agriculture to the war in Ukraine, Andrew Leigh weaves a fascinating narrative punctuated by expert insights into major moments in human history – why the invention of the plough led to gender inequality, how certain diseases determined the patterns of colonialism, and even how New York’s robber barons inspired the board game Monopoly.
Always accessible, expertly written and highly illuminating, The Shortest History of Economics is a perfect introduction to the subject.

Old Street Publishing The Shortest History of Economics

‘If you read just one book about economics, make it Andrew Leigh’s clear, insightful, remarkable – and short – work’
Claudia Goldin, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
The Shortest History of Economics unearths the hidden economic forces behind war, innovation and social transformation, tracing how capitalism and the market system emerged.
From the emergence of agriculture to the war in Ukraine, Andrew Leigh weaves a fascinating narrative punctuated by expert insights into major moments in human history – why the invention of the plough led to gender inequality, how certain diseases determined the patterns of colonialism, and even how New York’s robber barons inspired the board game Monopoly.
Always accessible, expertly written and highly illuminating, The Shortest History of Economics is a perfect introduction to the subject.

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'Andrew Leigh takes the reader on an engaging romp through key moments in the world’s economic history … Essential reading for anyone looking to understand today’s economy’
BETSEY STEVENSON, PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

 
 
  • ‘This short book is bursting with insights about economics, illustrated by memorable stories and historical events. People who are curious about but confused by economics will learn enough from this to be conversant for life’
    CAROLINE M. HOXBY, PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
 
 
Andrew Leigh

ANDREW LEIGH is a former professor of Economics at the Australian National University and the author of Battlers and Billionaires, The Luck of Politics, Randomistas and Reconnected. He has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2010.