Books

Our director, Phil Thornton, has written three books on economics issues.

The Great Economists (FT Publishing, 2014) describes the thinking of the world’s leading economic thinkers. It captures their key beliefs, explores their backgrounds, assesses their thinking and evaluates their legacy. It explains the schools of thought named after them and clearly shows how they influence our everyday lives.

Economics Demystified (Pearson, 2013) [formerly Brilliant Economics] is an introduction to the world of economic theory and policy. From the key ideas of the main economic thinkers to the difference between macroeconomics and microeconomics, this book demystifies the sometimes complex world of economics and guides you through the key economic concepts that fill our TV screens and front pages every day.

Reigniting Growth (ESRC, 2012) examines some of the challenges the UK faces after the 2008/09 economic downturn and explores a range of initiatives or changes to policy that could help kickstart growth. It includes a series of interviews with key academics funded by the ESRC. As well as giving the recession historical context, many of the interviews take unconventional approaches to a range of issues and provide objective – and sometimes controversial – responses to the economic problems the UK is experiencing.