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The top ten economics books of the last 100 years

July 22, 2016

RWER Poll 2016

The top ten economics books of the last 100 years

Subscribers to this journal were asked:

“What are the top ten economics books of the past 100 years?

The poll was open for two weeks in May and over 3,000 economists voted.  They could vote for up to ten of the books on the short list of 50 which had been compiled from the nominations submitted by Real-World Economics Review readers.  People on average voted for five books.  Here are the results.

 

 

 

Number of votes

1.

John Maynard Keynes

General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936)

 

1,597

2.

Karl Polanyi

The Great Transformation (1944)

 

1,027

3.

Joseph A. Schumpeter

Capitalism, Socialism & Democracy (1942)

 

927

4.

John Kenneth Galbraith

The Affluent Society (1958) [votes]

 

780

5.

Hyman Minsky

Stabilizing an Unstable Economy (1986)

 

731

6.

Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014)

 

687

7.

Joan Robinson

The Accumulation of Capital (1956)

583

 

8.

Michal Kalecki

Selected Essays on the Dynamics of the Capitalist Economy (1971)

 

582

9.

Amartya Sen

Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970)

 

580

10.

Piero Sraffa

Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities (1960)

500

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