Starting to read around EconomicsWatch
I was wondering if any economics students / candidates have any recommendations on what books I should read prior to applying for Oxford?
The aim of my reading is to deepen my knowledge and theory, as well as being able to showcase my interest in the subject.
Thanks a lot!
Hard read but once you've read that everything else will seem easy in comparison.
There are a ton of general books out there by respected economists that offer a great introduction - The User's Guide by Ha Joon Chang and Talking to my Daughter about the Economy by Varoufakis are both much easier reads to start you off. A slightly harder read that still offers a valuable overview into the development of economics is The Worldly Philosophers by Heilbroner.
Critical works like the ones initially listed are of course worth reading and are written by some of the finest minds ever to have lived but are much harder to tackle as an introduction to economics in my view.
For general interest, I recommend the Freakonomics series for an introduction to various applications of economics and Why Nations Fail for a general look into developmental economics. I found the latter a very good read in general, and it introduces a lot of geopolitical concepts as well.
I enjoyed reading Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell which is a pretty good introduction to classical liberal econ. However, I'd suggest try to read widely and not just stick to one type of econ. 'Nudge' is a pretty good, fun intro to behavioral. I'd recommend podcasts alongside books, Slate Money is great as well as NPR's Planet Money.