Economics and UCAS - Sumnmer 2012 Reading List (click here)


As all of you know, you need to do the extra reading to demonstrate your absolute ‘passion’ for the subject. This is in affect what efficient-econ is all about (pooling our collective knowledge and insight for the good of the whole) hence why I looked for a particular list of books to read other my summer in order to feed my ‘passion’ and fill my UCAS.

Councidently I’ve already begun reading the first book on the list ‘23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Ha-Joon Chang)’  which I am enjoying greaatly, only 4 chapters in at the moment, however. As the other books go I am In particularly interested in, after a quick look; ‘Animal Spirits (Akerlof and Shiller)’, ‘Art of Strategy (Dixit and Nalebuff)’ and ‘The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty (Dan Ariely)’. As you can probably tell I am especially interested in behavioural economics.

Well thats all for now, hope the list is useful!


David Lifely

Efficient Econ: Dan Ariely – The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty Review


Dan Ariely’s book is interesting right from the introduction of this book retaining his personal conversational style of writing making it an easy read compared to many economic books. As this book is my first introduction to behavioural economics I was pleasantly relieved when reading to…

Efficient Econ: The Upside of Irrationality – Dan Ariely



We often assume we are perfectly rational beings where all decisions follow a simple logical pattern and will result in the greatest benefit for the greatest amount of people. By investigating irrational human decisions and the science of behavioural economics, this…