Economics for the Common Good
This event includes a book signing
October 25, 2017
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes Nobel Prize–winning economist JEAN TIROLE for a discussion of his latest book, Economics for the Common Good.
About Economics for the Common Good
When Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics, he suddenly found himself being stopped in the street by complete strangers and asked to comment on issues of the day, no matter how distant from his own areas of research. His transformation from academic economist to public intellectual prompted him to reflect further on the role economists and their discipline play in society. The result is Economics for the Common Good, a passionate manifesto for a world in which economics, far from being a "dismal science," is a positive force for the common good.
Economists are rewarded for writing technical papers in scholarly journals, not joining in public debates. But Tirole says we urgently need economists to engage with the many challenges facing society, helping to identify our key objectives and the tools needed to meet them.
To show how economics can help us realize the common good, Tirole shares his insights on a broad array of questions affecting our everyday lives and the future of our society, including global warming, unemployment, the post-2008 global financial order, the euro crisis, the digital revolution, innovation, and the proper balance between the free market and regulation.
Providing a rich account of how economics can benefit everyone, Economics for the Common Good sets a new agenda for the role of economics in society.
"Jean Tirole is that rare exception, a Nobel laureate who believes he has a social responsibility to talk clearly and responsibly about the topics on the minds of noneconomists. This is an exceptional book. It shows the value of careful economic thinking on topics ranging from unemployment to global warming. Required reading for policymakers, but also for anybody else who wants to understand today's economy." —Olivier Blanchard, former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund
"Jean Tirole puts at center stage the essential contribution of economics, and economists, to our shared hopes and aspirations for the societies we live in. He has a hopeful message about how to address important challenges, whether the future of the euro or climate change. Economics for the Common Good demonstrates that the state and market need each other, and explores the institutional and policy framework that will align individual and collective interests. This is an essential book for anyone concerned about the key economic challenges we all face today." —Diane Coyle, author of GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History
"Economics for the Common Good is a delightfully written and deeply insightful book. Offering striking and illuminating paradoxes about economic behavior, Jean Tirole discusses a broad range of problems related to economic well-being and the common good, from privacy and the dominance of Google to how we allocate scarce resources and deal with climate change." —Harold James, Princeton University
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes
As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.
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