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Macro economics - good book reccomendations?

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Looking for some books on macro economics, any reccomendations would be appreciated.

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Hey all,

Looking for some books on macro economics, any reccomendations would be appreciated.

There are 2 classics that everyone should have:
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money - John Maynard Keynes
The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith

They serve as good models for more advanced macro policies .




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Keynes General Theory may as well be written in a foreign language, I don't think it is a good place to start.

You would probably be better off looking up what the local university uses for macro 101 and get that used.
A subscription to the Economist would be more interesting though really.

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Keynes General Theory may as well be written in a foreign language, I don't think it is a good place to start.

Too late, already ordered it.


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You would probably be better off looking up what the local university uses for macro 101 and get that used.
A subscription to the Economist would be more interesting though really.

Good idea, I have been meaning to start reading the economist for a while.

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Too late, already ordered it.

Good idea, I have been meaning to start reading the economist for a while.

Keynes is just the representative of one school. Also his book dates back to the 30s and does not include modern macroeconomics. So you will not really get an overview of the subject.

Here are some classics:

Gregory Mankiw, Macroeconomics, 7th Edition, March 2010

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Olivier Blanchard, Macroeconomics, 5th edition, May 2008
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C. McConnell, S.Brue, S.Flynn , Macroeconomics, 18th edition, Octobre 2008

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Paul Samuelson, Macroeconomics, 19th edition, April 2009

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Keynes is just the representative of one school. Alos his book dates back to the 30s and does not include modern macroeconomics. So you will not really get an overview of the subject.

In the end when all of all Wall Street blew they had to resort to this old school.
Keynesian is a model, like all models it can't contain all variables, never the less all complex things start with a model.
It is still a GREAT book.

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In the end when all of all Wall Street blew they had to resort to this old school.
Keynesian is a model, like all models it can't contain all variables, never the less all complex things start with a model.
It is still a GREAT book.

Absolutely agree, it is a great book.

If you have the time you can also read through the whole historical literature, starting with Adam Smith, then reading Malthus, Ricardo, Marx, Walras, Marshalll, Pareto, Galbraith, Schumpeter, Keynes, Hayek and Friedman.

I just suggested to start with a macroeconomic textbook to get an overview of the subject.

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It might even be more worthwhile for trading to have a speed dial:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4810/
Then set it up with the business section from say 15 major country newspapers around the world and spend maybe an hour or two a week reading.
Looking at the Macro book I have I really got nothing from it that was not obvious as alot of it seems to be a primer for econometrics.

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It might even be more worthwhile for trading to have a speed dial:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4810/
Then set it up with the business section from say 15 major country newspapers around the world and spend maybe an hour or two a week reading.
Looking at the Macro book I have I really got nothing from it that was not obvious as alot of it seems to be a primer for econometrics.

Opera has an in-built speed-dial. That is one of the reasons I like Opera (screenshot attached).

However I hate reading from a screen. I just read the Financial Times in the morning. That's good enough for me. 15 newspapers would be a pain.

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