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The economists' voice : top economists take on today's problems /
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Aaron S. Edlin, J. Bradford DeLong, editors.
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2008.
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viii, 317 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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9780231143646 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2008.
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9780231143646 (cloth : alk. paper)
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6356654
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-09-01:
The articles collected in this volume were originally published online in The Economists' Voice , an innovative online journal (part of the Berkeley Electronic Press project), where prominent economists discuss and debate important public policy issues. The articles are still available online, an advantage especially to students who seem increasingly to rely on online rather than hard copy resources. The book contains 35 short essays in nine broad theme areas. Climate change is analyzed by a trio of Nobel Prize winners, Thomas Schelling, Kenneth Arrow, and Joseph Stiglitz. Other themes (and selected authors) include the international economy (J. Bradford DeLong), the economics of the Iraq war (Stiglitz), US fiscal policy (Michael Boskin and Ronald McKinnon), Social Security (Paul Krugman, Edward Lazear, and Barbara Bergmann), and tax reform (Boskin, Martin Feldstein, Robert Frank). Social policy, the death penalty, and real estate markets complete the eclectic mix of topics. This reviewer recommends this book, but an even better investment would be an institutional subscription to the online journal with its full archive and continuing stream of thoughtful articles on important policy issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty collections. M. Veseth University of Puget Sound
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"What's really going on with social security and the price of real estate? How much does it really cost to go to war, and how much would it cost to reduce global warming? This book answers those questions and more, from the world's most respected economists." -- Steven D. Levitt, Alvin Baum Professor of Economics, the University of Chicago, and author of the bestselling Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
What's really going on with social security and the price of real estate? How much does it really cost to go to war, and how much would it cost to reduce global warming? This book answers those questions and more, from the world's most respected economists.
"This book demonstrates in a very accessible manner the application of economics to a variety of key public-policy issues. The essays are written by outstanding economists who are highly esteemed in the profession, and the choice of subjects is relevant and timely."
This book demonstrates in a very accessible manner the application of economics to a variety of key public-policy issues. The essays are written by outstanding economists who are highly esteemed in the profession, and the choice of subjects is relevant and timely.
"This book demonstrates in a very accessible manner the application of economics to a variety of key public-policy issues. The essays are written by outstanding economists who are highly esteemed in the profession, and the choice of subjects is relevant and timely." -- Diane Coyle, author of "The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters"
"This book demonstrates in a very accessible manner the application of economics to a variety of key public-policy issues. The essays are written by outstanding economists who are highly esteemed in the profession, and the choice of subjects is relevant and timely." -- Diane Coyle, author of The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters
A who's who of prominent economists assess today's big issues in this fascinating and readable book. Nobody who reads the op-ed page can afford to do without this.
"A who's who of prominent economists assess today's big issues in this fascinating and readable book. Nobody who reads the op-ed page can afford to do without this." -- William Easterly, professor of economics, New York University, and author of The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good
Provide[s] insight into issues of critical importance in twenty-first-century America. A valuable resource.
"Provide[s] insight into issues of critical importance in twenty-first-century America. A valuable resource." -- Booklist
The book is full of excellent cut and thrust.
"The book is full of excellent cut and thrust." -- Robert Skidelsky, Times Literary Supplement
"A useful and often stimulating introduction to the thinking of professional economists on the salient policy issues of recent times." -- Richard N. Cooper, Foreign Affairs
A useful and often stimulating introduction to the thinking of professional economists on the salient policy issues of recent times.
A genuinely useful contribution to knowledge and one that has life-changing implications for future generations.
"A genuinely useful contribution to knowledge and one that has life-changing implications for future generations." -- Irish Times
A unique collection of exceptionally insightful yet altogether accessible essays on key public policy topics.
"A unique collection of exceptionally insightful yet altogether accessible essays on key public policy topics." -- Lawrence H. Goulder, Shuzo Nishihara Professor of Resource and Environmental Economics, Stanford University
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In this valuable resource, more than thirty of the world's top economists offer innovative policy ideas and insightful commentary on our most pressing economic issues, such as global warming, the global economy, government spending, Social Security, tax reform, real estate, and political and social policy, including an extensive look at the economics of capital punishment, welfare reform, and the recent presidential elections.Contributors are Nobel Prize winners, former presidential advisers, well-respected columnists, academics, and practitioners from across the political spectrum. Joseph E. Stiglitz takes a hard look at the high cost of the Iraq War; Nobel Laureates Kenneth Arrow, Thomas Schelling, and Stiglitz provide insight and advice on global warming; Paul Krugman demystifies Social Security; Bradford DeLong presents divergent views on the coming dollar crisis; Diana Farrell reconsiders the impact of U.S. offshoring; Michael J. Boskin distinguishes what is "sense" and what is "nonsense" in discussions of federal deficits and debt; and Ronald I. McKinnon points out the consequences of the deindustrialization of America.Additional essays question whether welfare reform was successful and explore the economic consequences of global warming and the rebuilding of New Orleans. They describe how a simple switch in auto insurance policy could benefit the environment; unravel the dangers of an unchecked housing bubble; and investigate the mishandling of the lending institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Balancing empirical data with economic theory, The Economists' Voiceproves that the unique perspective of the economist is a vital one for understanding today's world.To learn more about the electronic journals published by The Berkeley Electronic Press, please visit http://www.bepress.com/ev.
Main Description
In this valuable resource, more than thirty of the world's top economists offer innovative policy ideas and insightful commentary on our most pressing economic issues, such as global warming, the global economy, government spending, Social Security, tax reform, real estate, and political and social policy, including an extensive look at the economics of capital punishment, welfare reform, and the recent presidential elections. Contributors are Nobel Prize winners, former presidential advisers, well-respected columnists, academics, and practitioners from across the political spectrum. Joseph E. Stiglitz takes a hard look at the high cost of the Iraq War; Nobel Laureates Kenneth Arrow, Thomas Schelling, and Stiglitz provide insight and advice on global warming; Paul Krugman demystifies Social Security; Bradford DeLong presents divergent views on the coming dollar crisis; Diana Farrell reconsiders the impact of U.S. offshoring; Michael J. Boskin distinguishes what is "sense" and what is "nonsense" in discussions of federal deficits and debt; and Ronald I. McKinnon points out the consequences of the deindustrialization of America. Additional essays question whether welfare reform was successful and explore the economic consequences of global warming and the rebuilding of New Orleans. They describe how a simple switch in auto insurance policy could benefit the environment; unravel the dangers of an unchecked housing bubble; and investigate the mishandling of the lending institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Balancing empirical data with economic theory, The Economists' Voice proves that the unique perspective of the economist is a vital one for understanding today's world. To learn more about the electronic journals published by The Berkeley Electronic Press, please visit http://www.bepress.com/ev.
Main Description
In this valuable resource, more than thirty of the world's top economists offer innovative policy ideas and insightful commentary on our most pressing economic issues, such as global warming, the global economy, government spending, Social Security, tax reform, real estate, and political and social policy, including an extensive look at the economics of capital punishment, welfare reform, and the recent presidential elections. Contributors are Nobel Prize winners, former presidential advisers, well-respected columnists, academics, and practitioners from across the political spectrum. Joseph E. Stiglitz takes a hard look at the high cost of the Iraq War; Nobel Laureates Kenneth Arrow, Thomas Schelling, and Stiglitz provide insight and advice on global warming; Paul Krugman demystifies Social Security; Bradford DeLong presents divergent views on the coming dollar crisis; Diana Farrell reconsiders the impact of U.S. offshoring; Michael J. Boskin distinguishes what is "sense" and what is "nonsense" in discussions of federal deficits and debt; and Ronald I. McKinnon points out the consequences of the deindustrialization of America. Additional essays question whether welfare reform was successful and explore the economic consequences of global warming and the rebuilding of New Orleans. They describe how a simple switch in auto insurance policy could benefit the environment; unravel the dangers of an unchecked housing bubble; and investigate the mishandling of the lending institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Balancing empirical data with economic theory, The Economists' Voiceproves that the unique perspective of the economist is a vital one for understanding today's world. To learn more about the electronic journals published by The Berkeley Electronic Press, please visit http://www.bepress.com/ev.
Bowker Data Service Summary
More than 30 of the world's top economists contribute informative essays on a range of contemporary topics, explaining to the general reader the economic implications of today's most pressing issues. These issues include the global economy, government spending, social secruity, tax reform, real estate, and welfare reform.
Table of Contents
Global Warming
Climate Change: The Uncertainties, the Certainties, and What They Imply About Actionp. 5
Global Climate Change: A Challenge to Policyp. 13
A New Agenda for Global Warmingp. 22
A Meaningful Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocolp. 28
The International Economy
Divergent Views on the Coming Dollar Crisisp. 39
U.S. Offshoring: Small Steps to Make It Win-Winp. 43
Advance Market Commitments: How to Stimulate Investment in Vaccines for Neglected Diseasesp. 52
Should We Still Support Untrammeled International Capital Mobility? Or Are Capital Controls Less Evil Than We Once Believed?p. 62
Economics of the Iraq War
The Economic Cost of the Iraq Warp. 73
The High Cost of the Iraq Warp. 80
Fiscal Policy
Sense and Nonsense About Federal Deficits and Debtp. 87
Government Deficits and the Deindustrialization of Americap. 99
Social Security
Confusions About Social Securityp. 109
The Many Definitions of Social Security Privatizationp. 120
The Virtues of Personal Accounts for Social Securityp. 127
Could Social Security Go Broke?p. 136
Tax Reform
A Broader Perspective on the Tax Reform Debatep. 141
Tax Reform: Time for a Plan C?p. 153
Taxes on Investment Income Remain Too High and Lead to Multiple Distortionsp. 161
Progressive Consumption Taxation as a Remedy for the U.S. Savings Shortfallp. 170
Social Policy
Was Welfare Reform Successful?p. 185
Cutting the Safety Net One Strand at a Timep. 194
The Choose-Your-Charity Tax: A Way to Incentivize Greater Givingp. 203
Should the Government Rebuild New Orleans or Just Give Residents Checks?p. 209
Does College Still Pay?p. 217
How to Deal with Terrorismp. 226
The Death Penalty
The Economics of Capital Punishmentp. 237
On the Economics of Capital Punishmentp. 241
The Death Penalty: No Evidence for Deterrencep. 247
Reply to Donohue and Wolfers on the Death Penalty and Deterrencep. 257
Letter: A Reply to Rubin on the Death Penaltyp. 261
Reply: The Death Penalty Once Morep. 264
Real Estate
Long-Term Perspectives on the Current Boom in Home Pricesp. 269
The Menace of an Unchecked Housing Bubblep. 288
What to Do About Fannie and Freddie?p. 296
Indexp. 305
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