Economics Reading & Viewing Suggestions
Applicants are not expected to have studied economics at school but should be able to demonstrate a passion for studying the subject.
You can find plenty of coverage of Economic questions in good quality newspapers, magazines, blogs and articles online, and television and radio programmes. For example, try the Financial Times, The Economist, and Prospect, which frequently include articles on economic matters; and the blogs and commentaries of economists and economic journalists.
Some of our favourite online resources include the Discover Economics initiative by the Royal Economic Society and the Economics Observatory. There is also an active community of economists on Twitter that can be found using #EconTwitter. The Economics Network website, Why Study Economics? has useful information for students considering a university course in economics.
Below you'll find a selection of introductory books, blogs, podcasts and videos to help spark your journey into economics.
A selection of interesting Economics blogs & podcasts
Susan Athey: Bringing an Economist's Perspective to Data Science
"Popular" introductions to economics, that are accessible and interesting:
- Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist (Little, Brown, 2005)
- David Smith, Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics (Profile Books, 2003)
- Paul Krugman, The Accidental Theorist (Norton, 1998)
- K. Binmore, A Very Short Introduction to Game Theory (OUP, 2007)
- P. Dasgupta, Economics: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2007)
- Linda Yueh, The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today (Penguin, 2018)
- Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot, The Tiger that Isn’t: Seeing through a World of Numbers (Profile Books, 2007)
- Roger E. Backhouse, The Penguin History of Economics (Penguin, 2002)
- Andrew Mell and Oliver Walker, The Rough Guide to Economics (Penguin, 2014)
An interesting selection of Economics videos:
CEPR series on female economists
Dr Stefanie Stantcheva