Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Summer Reading

Recently a friend of mine, who is non-economics major, asked me to provide him a list of economic books that are non technical and interesting to read during the summer. Here’s what I come up with, in no particular order:

  1. The Armchair Economist, Steven Landsburg.
  2. More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics, Steven Landsburg.
  3. Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.
  4. The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford.
  5. The Truth About Markets: Why Some Nations are Rich but Most Remain Poor, John Kay.
  6. The Elusive Quest for Growth, William Easterly.
  7. The White Man’s Burden, William Easterly.

If any of you have some other interesting titles that you have read or just dying to read, let me know. Enjoy the summer!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Between Politics and Business

This shows why state-owned banks are vulnerable to political concession. Worst, they may risk macroeconomic stability which has been achieved so far. I suspect (it seems very clear anyway) that PT Bosowa Trading International is part of Bosowa group-a business group of vice-president Jusuf Kalla.