Extreme Economies - Richard Davies (Hardcover)

9 Lessons from the World's Limits

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To understand how humans react and adapt to economic change we need to study people who live in harsh environments. By travelling to each of them and discovering what life is really like, Extreme Economies tells small stories that shed light on today's biggest economic questions, with vital lessons for our future.

Product Details

Barcode
9781787631991
Department
Books
Released
5 Sep 2019
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Richard Davies
Binding
Hardback
Publisher
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Language
English
Number of Pages
320
Dimensions
240 x 156mm (240g)

Annotation

'Extreme Economies is a revelation - and a must-read.' Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England In search of a fresh perspective on the modern economy, Extreme Economies takes the reader off the beaten path, introducing people living at the world's margins.

Summary

To understand how humans react and adapt to economic change we need to study people who live in harsh environments. From war zones, natural disasters and failed states, to aging societies and the challenges of technological advancement, every life in this book has been hit by a seismic shock, violently broken or changed in some way.

People living in these odd and marginal places are ignored by number crunching economists and political pollsters alike. Science suggests this is a mistake. This book tells the personal stories of humans living in extreme situations, and of the financial infrastructure they create. Here, economies are not concerned with the familiar stock market crashes, housing crises, or banking scandals of the financial pages.

In his quest for a purer view of how economies succeed and fail, Richard Davies takes the reader off the beaten path to places where part of the economy has been repressed, removed, destroyed or turbocharged. By travelling to each of them and discovering what life is really like, Extreme Economies tells small stories that shed light on today's biggest economic questions, with vital lessons for our future.

Classification

General Subject
Business/Economics
BISAC Subject 1
Business & Economics / Urban & Regional
BISAC Subject 2
Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy
BISAC Subject 3
Political Science / Public Policy / Regional Planning
BISAC Subject 4
Social Science / Human Geography
BISAC Subject 5
Business & Economics / International / Economics
BIC Classification 1
Economic geography
BIC Classification 2
Economics
Dewey Classification
330

Author Bio

Richard Davies is a British economist and journalist based in London. He currently is a fellow at the London School of Economics. Before this he held various posts in economic policymaking and journalism. He has been economic adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury, an economist and speechwriter at the Bank of England, and economics editor of The Economist where he covered the global economy from London, Washington DC and New York City.

Richard has published widely on economics. In addition to The Economist he has written for The Times, Sunday Times and 1843 Magazine. He was the editor of The Economist's guide to economics (Profile, 2015), and has published numerous articles and research papers.