In line with my word for 2016: mature, I would like to enrich my professional knowledge so that I am able to explain academic jargon to a diverse audience. In my line of work, words like “sustainable” “good governance” “development” “climate change” “green economy”… have been misused and misconstrued that their weight is
slowly quickly being eroded. Moreover, I don’t want to be that girl who solely quotes one book or author while making lacklustre arguments. (A little vanity every once in a while, doesn’t harm anyone.) I also hope to get bonus points for reading my own damn books with the hope of saving a bit of cash as well. Without much further ado, here is my list:
I came across Chang’s work in graduate school after
reading combing through the infamous debate between him and Justin Lin for a IMF, World Bank and Economic Growth class. Believe me it was not funny trying to digest all their arguments for an exam! Nonetheless, I was so intrigued by his arguments against mainstream economics that I want to explore more of his work. Bad Samaritans explores the othter side of foreign aid. Though, I absolutely hate the cover of my edition (and I am inclined to think that the publishers intentionally made it hideous), I will brace myself and study because I enjoy his accesible way of writing.
Available: After much struggle and footwork in the unforgiving Equatorial sun, I finally got a copy at Nakumatt Lifestyle, Nairobi.
Economics: A User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang
Last year, I realised that I have taken for granted so many Economic concepts and I would like a refresher course. As stated above, Chang’s work is reknown for being accessible and he does a great job of injecting wit into rather serious matters. He presents economic theories from varius schools of thoughts highlighting both their strengths and weakenesses.
Available here: Text Book Centre
Prof. Sachs is known for radical approaches to development such as shock therapy, the big push and the millennium villages project as detailed in Nina Munk’s The Idealist.I am intrigued by his latest ideas on sustainable development especially when everyone is focused on creating green economies and sustainability. In any case, I feel it’s part of my “daughterly” duties to read more Sachs’ work since my father loves his work. (Yes Dad, I will be reading your copy!)
From the Goodreads blurb, I could tell this book is right up my alley because it deals with the current finanicalisation phenomena and was also part of my dissertation . By reading this book, I hope to get a better understanding of the current happenings in China and probably gain a better perspective into current market volatility tha t is associated with financialisation.
Yes, adding PhD to my name is something that I am quite eager to stike off my bucket list. However, I would like to do it right and just because everybody is doing it. Reading The Professor is in was eye-opening and I am going to be intentional about it. So I picked this other book and I hope that it helps. Will keep you posted.
This post was inspired by C. A. DuBois’ video: Big Books I can’t wait to read post-student hood. Let us continue the conversation below by letting me know which Economics/Business/Finance books you are keen to read or are currently reading in 2016. Happy Reading!