Summer Reading List and more 2020

Many students have reached out to faculty in the Department of Economics with questions about what books are on their nightstands, podcasts downloaded on their phones and sources they access to answer their questions. The list below is a sample of what we are reading, podcasts we follow and sources for data and information that we trust. Enjoy!



By John M. BarryThis summer one should definitely read about the Flu Pandemic of 1918.

The Great Influenza

By John M. Barry

This summer one should definitely read about the Flu Pandemic of 1918. This is one of the classic books. - Chris Meissner

By William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen

From Here to Equality

By William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen

From the History of of race and racism reading list published by the American Economic Association.   - Janine Wilson

By William H. McNeill

Plagues and Peoples

By William H. McNeill

An epidemiological history of the world, puts what we are living through in perspective. -Alan Taylor

By Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem

By Cixin Liu

Three Body Problem (trilogy) The book is much more than sci-fi and is breathtaking to the say the least in its scope. – Sanjay Singh

by Terry Pratchett

Making Money

by Terry Pratchett

Really I would recommend any/all of the Discworld novels and wouldn't actually recommend starting with this one (I would start with Guards! Guards!). But this one is about a con man being put in charge of a central bank. And it features a Phillips Economics Computer (google it). So it's a good fit for this reading list. And in general Terry Pratchett was brilliant and his books capture (and satire) so much of what is going on in the world today – Arman Rezaee

By Pamela Herd and Donald P. Moynihan

Administrative Burden

By Pamela Herd and Donald P. Moynihan

 Recommended by Marianne Bitler

The Man Who Solved The Market

By Gregory Zuckerman

Highly recommended by Sanjay Singh

Good Economics for Hard Times

By Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

Work by two of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics recipients.  Work that gives us hope that there can be progress in the fight against poverty.  – Janine Wilson

Nobel Prize banquet speech

Norwegian Wood

by Haruki Murakami

The best writer alive (in my opinion) wrote this masterpiece about life, love and the desperation of mental illness.

-Andres Carvajal

Love in the Times of Cholera

by Gabriel García Marquez

Not because he was Colombian, but I have never read anyone so able to describe a reality so well that you feel you can see it, no matter how strange that reality is. - Andres Carvajal


Why Having Too Little Means So Much

by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir

This is an engaging and thorough book on how living in poverty affects decision making- Marianne Page

The Land of Green Plums

by Hertha Müller

With prose so beautiful that it reads like poetry, Müller tells us vividly of the of the cost that the young pay when a society is ruled by an authoritarian ruler.

- Andres Carvajal

America’s Forgotten Pandemic

By Alfred W. Crosby

This is also one of the classic books that covers the Flu Pandemic of 1918.- Chris Meissner


The Accidental President

By AJ Baime

Nonfiction that reads like fiction. A rich and interesting telling of the story of the US at the end of WWII. – Janine Wilson





Macro Musing

Podcast that I subscribe to for insights on macro and finance.- Sanjay Singh

Trade Talks

An excellent podcast.- Chris Meissner


Recommended by Jim Bushnell on the topics of economics and strategy in the tech sector

Odd Lots

Podcast that I subscribe to for insights on macro and finance.- Sanjay Singh

The Economic History Podcast

Up and coming podcast – Chris Meissner

Seeing White 

Scene on Radio: Season 2: “Seeing White” exploring the origins of the concept of “whiteness” and its role in the consolidation of power. - Janine Wilson

Great briefs to follow.  Recommended by Marianne Bitler


When I talked with undergraduate students, they did not know that our library has a collection of online books and online journals. For example: 

The students can access the websites via VPN from their home as well. – Takuya Ura