Economic primers: a reading list

From Brad DeLong:

I can think of three things to do:

  1. Set them to read, as preliminary background, one nineteenth-century book, Walter Bagehot’s Lombard Street, and one early twentieth century book, John Maynard Keynes’s Tract on Monetary Reform. There is a possibility of some confusion: when people today say “Keynesian” they mean late Keynes, and the Tract is early Keynes. But if that is made clear, it should work well: those two lay out pretty much all the issues and do so in a historical context divorced from today…
  2. Set them to read, as preliminary background, the paperback macroeconomics half of Krugman and Wells’s introductory economics textbook…
  3. Set them to read, as preliminary background, the macroeconomics half of Cowen and Tabarrok’s forthcoming introductory economics textbook…

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