Richard N. Cooper

Capsule Review
SEPT/OCT
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Kramer argues that falling birthrates pose a serious threat to a number of wealthy countries, not only to their economic well-being but also to their national security.

Capsule Review
SEPT/OCT
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Hardly a week goes by without news of some malfeasance committed by a large American or European bank. Lewis zeros in on one particularly explosive charge: the claim that major banks engage in predatory trading behavior. 

Capsule Review
SEPT/OCT
2014
Richard N. Cooper

This useful book -- a thorough piece of practical research -- looks closely at how clean energy technologies such as gas turbines, advanced batteries, solar photovoltaics, and coal gasification emerged and spread to China. 

Capsule Review
SEPT/OCT
2014
Richard N. Cooper

The rapid growth of cross-border business, education, and travel has brought people of different cultural backgrounds closer together than ever before -- and has thereby increased the likelihood of miscommunication and misunderstanding. 

Capsule Review
SEPT/OCT
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Powell argues persuasively that sweatshops, where the conditions are admittedly appalling by Western standards, represent an improvement -- often a significant improvement -- over the alternatives available to their workers. 

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Houser and Mohan provide a sober, largely quantitative assessment of the recent U.S. shale gas boom.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Richard N. Cooper

This intriguing book measures social mobility in a novel way, by tracing unusual surnames over several generations in nine different countries.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Richard N. Cooper

This interesting book is basically a history of business journalism in the United States, with an emphasis on investigative journalism, whose virtues the author extols.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Foreign trade makes some Americans uncomfortable, partly because it involves, well, foreigners.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard N. Cooper

This book tells readers how to think about problems in the current international political and economic system, but not exactly what to do about them.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard N. Cooper

This book is Alan Greenspan's attempt to come to terms with the financial crisis of 2008.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Amazon, Apple, and Google are three firms that have helped define the early twenty-first century.  These easy-to-read books recount the companies’ origins, their evolutions, and their rivalries.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard N. Cooper

In this interesting collection, expert analysts assess the costs of ten global problems over the past century, measured in economic terms, and make projections about their costs in 2050.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Walter Bagehot (1826–77) is best known among economists for his oft-quoted views on how central banks should behave, in particular as lenders of last resort.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard N. Cooper

To explain the extraordinary performance of Asia's economies, Perkins draws on academic research and on his own decades-long experience as an adviser to developing countries.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Newman exposes as mere blather much of the what passes for sound discussion of U.S. public debt and the federal government’s debt ceiling.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Lin, a former World Bank chief economist, examines the causes of the 2008 financial crisis.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Ruhs urges receiving countries to prioritize the rights of immigrants, identifying which rights are inalienable and which ones should be considered more malleable.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard N. Cooper

Keith, a physicist, argues that humankind would be wise to do some contingency planning for climate change.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard N. Cooper

This thought-provoking book is about much more than the 1944 conference that established the architecture of the postwar international monetary system, leading to the establishment of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard N. Cooper

Blyth takes on the claim that austerity is the best way to enhance growth and reduce public debt and finds it utterly deficient. Stuckler and Basu approach austerity policies from a medical perspective, producing an extensive array of evidence to show that austerity increases illness and death.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard N. Cooper

Edwards and Lawrence argue that Americans should welcome the growing prosperity of their trading partners.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard N. Cooper

A helpful primer on modern central banking by one of its preeminent practitioners.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013
Richard N. Cooper

Goldacre, a British physician, articulately and extensively documents how large pharmaceutical firms have inched up as close as possible to committing outright fraud and occasionally have crossed the threshold.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013
Richard N. Cooper

Why did economists fail to foresee the 2008 global financial crisis? In this engaging history, Gorton answers that question through an exercise in what might be called the epistemology of modern economics.