If you happen to be attending Harvard this semester, one of your course options is Greg Mankiw’s Freshman Seminar 43j, “The Economist’s View of the World”:
This seminar probes how economic thinkers from the right and left view human behavior and the proper role of government in society. Each week, seminar participants read and discuss a brief, nontechnical, policy-oriented book by a prominent economist. Regular writing assignments are also required. Students should have some background in economics, such as an AP economics course in high school or simultaneous enrollment in Social Analysis 10.
The ten books on tap for this semester are:
- The Worldly Philosophers, by Robert Heilbroner
- Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets, by John McMillan
- Thinking Strategically, by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff
- Capitalism and Freedom, by Milton Friedman
- Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff, by Arthur Okun
- Nudge, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
- How the Economy Works, by Roger E.A. Farmer
- The Return of Depression Economics, by Paul Krugman
- The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich Hayek
- The Myth of the Rational Voter, by Bryan Caplan
- The Big Questions, by Steven Landsburg
What would your list have been?