One of the few sad things about becoming a grad student is that I read books less and less. That means less econ and less non-econ books. Well, the non-econ group was limited before too... According to Goodreads, I only read 28 books in 2015, down from the 70's a few years ago. But most of those are textbooks or collections of articles that I read enough of to justify saying I "read" them.
Economics, at least much of modern economics, is dominated by journals and that is reflected in my reading habits. Whenever my wife asks what I did all day and I say "read and wrote" (it should be the reverse, whoops), that means articles. I still probably actually read more than I should (compared to skimming/"reading" for research).
Anyways, where was I? Oh yes. Those old articles.
Well, some of the articles I read were actually good and after some feedback on Twitter I decided to do an end of the year recap of those articles. Most of them I read since June for silly-things-about-Phd-programs reasons. I'm thankful for many of these suggestions which came from my good friends on social media. They might seem a bit eclectic, but I liked them... The one's related to my research are marked with a *, if anyone can reconstruct what I'm working on. In no particular order, (some gated)
- Elster 1998 - A Plea for Mechanisms
- Bulow & Roberts 1989 - The Simple Economics of Optimal Auctions
- Grossman & Stiglitz 1976 - On the Impossibility of Informationally Efficient Markets*
- Angeletos & Werning 2006 - Crises and Prices*
- Morris & Shin 2002 - Global Games: Theory and Applications*
- Mankiw & Weinzierl 2009 - Optimal Taxation of Height*
- Filiz-Ozbay 2012 - Incorporating Unawareness into Contract Theory
- Buchanan 1959 - Positive Economics, Welfare Economics, and Political Economics*
- Chetty 2009 - Sufficient Statistics for Welfare Analysis*
- Krugman 1993 - What Do Undergrads Need to Know About Trade?
- Kay 1995 - Alchian and the Alchian Thesis
Come to think of it. They weren't all old. I'm still read some new articles too that were a lot of fun.
- Mueller 2015 - Public choice, social choice, and political economy
- Weyl 2015 WP - Price Theory
- Hendrickson & Salter 2015 WP - Money, Liquidity, and the Structure of Production
- Esteban et al 2015 - Strategic Mass Killings
- Klein & Bylund 2014 - The place of Austrian economics in contemporary entrepreneurship research*
- Chari & Kehoe 2013 WP - Bailouts, Time Inconsistency, and Optimal Regulation
So there they are. They each taught me a lot and were fun for me to read. I don't know how many other people will find them fun, but I sure did.
I can't imagine how much fun stuff I'll get to read in 2016. I love this job!