Post-Christmas presents

After the success of Freakonomics, 2007 looks like being a bumper year for popular economics books. Five to look out for: Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them by Philippe Legrain (UK) The Soulful Science by Diane Coyle (UK US) More Sex is Safer Sex by Steven Landsburg...

Forbes: A beautiful theory

A revolution in the social sciences began in the 1920s, when the man Time magazine called “the best brain in the world” decided he would work out how to win at poker. John von Neumann’s quicksilver genius accelerated the development of the atomic...

Latest Dear Economist letters

The latest Dear Economist letters are: Should women propose? (4 November) When is win-win a loss? (11 November) The Wine Snob (18 November) Long distance relationships (25 November) They are all available on the Financial Times website, free of charge. There is even...

The latest Undercover Economist columns

The latest Undercover Economist columns are:Think inside the box – October 25thMy boss is 65 and pregnant – November 4thCereal killers – November 11thYule be sorry – November 18thPatience, patience – November 25thThey are all available on...

Bastiat Prize winners

Just back from a trip to New York where, I’m delighted to report, a distinguished panel of judges agonized over whether to give the Bastiat Prize for journalism to me or to the excellent Jamie Whyte for so long that they had to give it to us both. Check out some...

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