Economics round-up

May 27, 2010

A Textbook of Cultural Economics

Author: Ruth Towse

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 626

Price: £70.00 and £35.00

ISBN 9780521888721 and 1717021

A renowned cultural economist, Towse aims to employ theories and methods of economics to answer issues as diverse as fees for museum entrance and illegal downloading of music, as well as other questions concerning the arts, heritage and across "high" and "popular" culture. She uses international examples and up-to-date research and does not assume a prior knowledge of economics.

How to Think and Reason in Macroeconomics

Author: Frederick C.V.N. Fourie and Philippe Burger

Edition: Third

Publisher: Juta Publishing

Pages: 560

Price: £45.00

ISBN 9780702177613

The authors aim to offer insights into policy institutions and processes, while highlighting the development context of macroeconomic policy in South Africa as well as in the broader African context.

Economics for Business

Authors: David Begg and Damian Ward

Edition: Third revised

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Pages: 560

Price: £43.99

ISBN 9780077124731

Employing a business-first approach, the authors aim to demonstrate the relevance of applying economic principles to solve business problems. Serving as an introduction to economic principles for business students, the text covers key economic theories and draws on real-world examples.

Fixing Global Finance

Author: Martin Wolf

Edition: Second

Publisher: Yale University Press

Pages: 248

Price: £10.99

ISBN 9780300163933

The globalisation of finance should have brought benefits, but instead ushered in currency and banking crises in the 1980s and 1990s. As the US emerged as the spender and borrower of last resort, both its external deficit and the borrowing of US households rose sharply, leading to the sub-prime mortgage crisis. In an expanded paperback edition, Wolf includes a new chapter on the global banking crisis of 2008-09.

Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time

Author: Tomas Bjork

Edition: Third

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 552

Price: £39.99

ISBN 9780199574742

This introduction to the classical underpinnings of the mathematics behind finance looks at the probabilistic theory of continuous arbitrage pricing of financial derivatives. The new edition examines the martingale approach to optimal investment problems, optimal stopping theory and positive interest models.

The Political Economy of the World Trading System

Author: Bernard M. Hoekman and Michel M. Kostecki

Edition: Third

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 768

Price: £65.00 and £24.99

ISBN 9780199553761 and 53778

The third edition of this account of the economics, institutional mechanics and politics of the world trading system covers developments in the World Trade Organisation, particularly its role as the primary organisation through which trading nations manage their commercial interactions.

Institutional Economics: An Introduction

Authors: John Groenewegen, Antoon Spithoven and Annette van den Berg

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave

Pages: 416

Price: £70.00 and £29.99

ISBN 9780230550735 and 0742

The central theories of both original and new institutional economics are presented here, with technical discussions reserved for appendices. The authors assume that readers have only principle-level knowledge of economics and the text serves as core reading in undergraduate courses as well as in graduate courses where students' backgrounds are diverse.

Essentials of Economics and MEL Math XL pack

Authors: John Sloman and Dean Garratt

Edition: Fifth

Publisher: Pearson

Pages: 584

Price: £39.11

ISBN 97803722519

This best-selling, concise textbook in introductory economics has been fully updated. New features include a new co-author, rewrites to the macroeconomic chapters, increased theoretical coverage and a number of revised and new boxes. Online resources include a regular "economics in the news" blog and podcasts.

The Future of Money: From Financial Crisis to Public Resource

Author: Mary Mellor

Edition: First

Publisher: Pluto Books

Pages: 208

Price: £17.99

ISBN 9780745329949

Mellor explores the history of money and modern banking, showing how finance capital has captured bank-created money to enhance speculative profits as well as destroying collective approaches to economic life at the same time as the majority of people, as well as the public economy, have been mired in debt. She goes on to propose a public and democratic future for money in order to correct this injustice.

Economic Modeling and Inference

Authors: Bent Jesper Christensen and Nicholas M. Kiefer

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton

Pages: 488

Price: £34.95

ISBN 9780691120591

In this graduate-level text, the authors aim to demonstrate how to combine modern economic theory with the latest statistical inference methods to optimise the value of economic data. This text draws applications from both microeconomics and macroeconomics, with an emphasis throughout on what observations can tell us about stochastic dynamic models of rational optimising behaviour and equilibrium.

An Introduction to Mathematical Analysis for Economic Theory and Econometrics

Authors: Dean Corbae, Maxwell B. Stinchcombe and Juraj Zeman

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 688

Price: £52.00

ISBN 9780691118673

Aiming to bridge the gap that separates the teaching of basic mathematics for economics and the increasingly advanced mathematics demanded in economics research, the authors cover the real and functional analysis and measure theory that students need to read and research economic and econometric theory. The text takes a unified approach to understanding basic and advanced spaces through the application of the metric completion theorem.

Mathematical Formulas for Economists

Authors: Bernd Luderer, Volker Nollau and Klaus Vetters

Edition: Fourth

Publisher: Springer

Pages: 198

Price: £19.99

ISBN 9783642040788

This compact collection of formulas has been compiled for undergraduate students of economics or management science and should serve as a textbook and a resource for researchers. This revised edition also presents methods of rank statistics and analysis of variance (ANOVA) and covariance.

Bailouts: Public Money, Private Profit

Editor: Robert E. Wright

Edition: First

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Pages: 160

Price: £41.50 and £12.50

ISBN 9780231150545 and 0552

Wright and his fellow contributors offer a history of government bailouts in the US and assess their effectiveness. In considering the historical uses of public money to save private profit and effectively subsidise risk-takers, the contributors argue for better ways to control risk in the future.

China and the Transformation of Global Capitalism

Editor: Ho-fung Hung

Edition: First

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Pages: 224

Price: £26.00 and £13.00

ISBN 9780801893070 and 93087

This edited volume explores China's economic rise and liberalisation and considers how it has reshaped the structure and dynamics of global capitalism in the 21st century.

The Economics of European Integration

Authors: Richard Baldwin and Charles Wyplosz

Edition: Third

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Pages: 560

Price: £41.99

ISBN 9780077121631

The authors consider the relevant history and institutions and then cover the microeconomics of economic and monetary integration and EU fiscal policies. An accompanying website for students and lecturers offers additional resources; updated coverage examines the impact of accession states.

International Finance: Theory into Practice

Author: Piet Sercu

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 864

Price: £39.95

ISBN 9780691136677

Aimed at upper-undergraduate and postgraduate students of business finance and financial economics, Sercu's text considers the corporate uses of financial markets and an exploration of valuation, funding and risk management via practical knowledge, up-to-date theories and real-world applications. A comprehensive introduction is followed by an examination of currency markets; exchange risk, exposure and risk management, and long-term international funding and direct investment.

The Economics and Politics of Climate Change

Editors: Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn

Edition: First

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 576

Price: £30.00

ISBN 9780199573288

This edited volume, which includes contributions from key climate change policy analysts, considers the critical roadblocks to agreement. It examines the economics of climate change, the incentives of the main players (the US, EU, China) and the policies governments can put in place to shift economies to a low-carbon path.

Industrial Organization: A European Perspective

Author: Stephen Martin

Edition: First

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 2

Price: £38.99

ISBN 9780198297284

Martin aims to offer a clear and engaging introduction to the basic theoretical models of industrial economics and to key topics in the field, including collusion, dominance and international trade, via accessible discussions of the determinants of firm structure, innovation and static market performance. A companion website provides case studies, links, biographical material on key economists and additional resources.

Uneven Development: Nature, Capital and the Production of Space

Author: Neil Smith

Edition: Second

Publisher: Verso

Pages: 328

Price: £16.99

ISBN 9781844676439

Smith, a professor of anthropology and geology, here offers the first full theory of uneven geographical development, probing established ideas regarding space and nature and adding a critique of capitalist economics. In his analyses of the production of nature and the politics of scale, Smith anticipates many of the asymmetrical contours that now mark neoliberal globalisation.

International Economics: Trade and Finance

Author: Dominick Salvatore

Edition: Tenth

Publisher: Wiley

Pages: 848

Price: £49.99

ISBN 9780470505823

Salvatore's best-selling text aims to offer a comprehensive, current and clear exposition of the theory and principles of international economics that are key both to understanding the important international economic problems facing the US and the world in a globalised age, and to considering potential solutions. The text draws on a large number of real-world applications and examples.

Overcoming Developing Country Debt Crises

Editors: Barry Herman, Jose Antonio Ocampo and Shari Spiegel

Edition: First

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 532

Price: £60.00 and £.50

ISBN 9780199578788 and 78795

The authors examine the recurrent phenomenon of developing country debt crises. Recognising that the politics of the international treatment of sovereign debt have not supported systemic reform efforts, this book calls for the international reform of sovereign debt workouts, and provides numerous country case studies that underline failures to find lasting solutions.

Introduction to Quantitative Finance: A Math Tool Kit

Author: Robert R. Reitano

Edition: First

Publisher: MIT Press

Pages: 736

Price: £49.95

ISBN 9780262013697

Reitano aims to offer an accessible, thorough look at the fields of mathematics necessary for success in investment and quantitative finance, covering topics applicable to portfolio theory, investment banking, option pricing, investment and insurance risk management. He emphasises the framework provided by each mathematical discipline, and the thought process taken, instead of the memorisation of formulas.

Quantitative Techniques for Competition and Antitrust Analysis

Author: Peter Davis and Eliana Garces

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 560

Price: £62.00

ISBN 9780691142579

The authors combine practical guidance and theoretical background for analysts using empirical techniques in competition and antitrust investigations, and show how to integrate empirical methods, economic theory and evidence about industry in order to provide empirical work tailored to the data available.

Wealth and Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader?

Author: Irwin Garfinkel, Lee Rainwater and Timothy Smeeding

Edition: First

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 288

Price: £55.00 and £18.99

ISBN 9780199579303 and 9310

Exploring the role of the welfare state in the wealth and well-being of nations, this text compares the US welfare state with those of other developed nations in Europe and elsewhere. The authors show that all rich nations, including the US, have large welfare states because the socialised programmes that comprise the welfare state, including public education and health and social insurance, enhance the productivity of capitalism.

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