An Economics Reading List

Population and Labor Mobility

Bagehot, Walter, The Postulates of English Political Economy.

Brief ReviewCipolla, Carlo, An Economic History of World Population

Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs, and Steel.

    • Fascinating book with a sweeping scope postulating and providing evidence that the spread of civilization was most rapid in the hemispheric band of temperate climate and large east-west land masses for the movement of seeds and people. These conditions facilitated the most rapid spread of agricultural developments, animals, trade, germs, immunities, language, and technology. A little stridency in motive shows through at the beginning and end, but the book is so thought-provoking and memorable that it’s easy to be grateful that someone had the incentive to think so broadly.


    • by Brad DeLong.

Difficulty Level 1: CollegeEngerman, Stanley, (ed.), The Terms of Labor: Slavery, Serfdom, and Free Labor (Making of Modern Freedom)

Malthus, Thomas, An Essay on the Principle of Population, 1st edition and 6th edition.

Brief ReviewMarcet, Jane H., Essays,

    • Particularly

Population, or Patty’s Marriage.

    • See also:

Brief Review


Mokyr, Joel, Why Ireland Starved: A Quantitative and Analytical History of the Irish Economy

Solow, Barbara and Stanley Engerman, (eds.), British Capitalism and Caribbean Slavery: The Legacy of Eric Williams