An Economics Reading List

Blaug, Mark, Economic Theory in Retrospect

Heckscher, Eli, Mercantilism

Heilbroner, Robert, The Worldly Philosophers

Hirschman, Albert, The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph

Kirzner, Israel, The Economic Point of View

Knight, Frank, On the History and Method of Economics

Levy, David M. and Sandra J. Peart, The Secret History of the Dismal Science

    • Multipart, illustrated series of articles on the parallel relationships between economists and anti-slavery advocates in the mid- to late 1800s. Contrasts pro-slavery writers such as Carlyle, Ruskin, Dickens with economists of the period, showing how those popular authors used pro-slavery language and symbolism, and linked slurs of the anti-slavery movement to contemporary economics debates.

Difficulty Level 1: CollegeRothbard, Murray, An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought

Schumpeter, Joseph, A History of Economic Analysis

Sowell, Thomas, Marxism: Philosophy and Economics

Sowell, Thomas, Classical Economics Reconsidered

Sowell, Thomas, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

Teacher’s Corner, A Brief History of the Concept of Comparative Advantage