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Economics in Two Lessons


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John Quiggin is the Laureate Professor in Economics at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us (Princeton). Twitter @JohnQuiggin


"There is little doubt that Quiggin's Economics in Two Lessons will be an instant classic and feature on university reading lists around the world. It should also be compulsory reading for policymakers and public commentators, who all too often lack a framework for thinking clearly about the costs and benefits of markets. The good news is that Quiggin has one--and he's happy to share."---Richard Holden, Inside Story
"This popular, accessible introduction to economics is organized around an idea that is brilliantly simple yet encompassing."--Suresh Naidu, Columbia University
"A brilliant book. People often try to write for readers who know no economics, but they rarely succeed. This book is an exception."--Roger Backhouse, author of The Ordinary Business of Life: A History of Economics from the Ancient World to the Twenty-First Century
"With a confident style, John Quiggin weaves together clear theory and fascinating stories to explain why markets work and why they fail. He makes the case that one-lesson economics, based on the idea that market prices are always right, is as useful as a one-wheeled bicycle. If you want to understand what free-market economics gets right, and when governments need to step in, this is the book for you. My two lessons: buy it, and read it."--Andrew Leigh, member of the Parliament of Australia
"With apologies to Isaiah Berlin, Quiggin is a foxy hedgehog: He knows two big things, and these twin lessons--about the virtues and limits of markets--sustain a pioneering, persuasive, and even passionate case for democracy and the mixed economy. Make room for two lessons in your mind, and on your bookshelf."--Jacob S. Hacker, coauthor of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper

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