Useful resources for poverty

Martin Ravallion’s new book, ‘Economics of Poverty’ released last year seems to have a website linked to it. I have not checked it out. But, sounds useful.

Related to the theme of poverty is the book on poverty in South Asia by Ejaz Ghani (ed.) titled, ‘The poor half billion in South Asia: what is holding back lagging regions’ published in 2010.

Separately, VoxEU had three volumes on the Long Economic and Political shadow of history. I have not read them yet. But, thought I should record their availability here. I might have recorded them already here. Does not matter.

On a related note, would strongly recommend, ‘Power and Plenty’ by Kevin O’ Rourke and Ronald Findlay. I have read parts of it. Delightfully written. It is a wonderful compendium of international economic history seen through international trade and the military conflicts that either accompanied them or preceded them. You can download the preface and chapter 1 here. Worth it.

In the preface, they write that most books are written for the authors and that there is much learning for authors during the writing of the book than there is transfer of knowledge from them to readers. Both are very true. I can vouch for both!

There is a website called ‘Booksforunderstanding.org’. Well, some of you might know it already. I did not know it until yesterday. The list of books under Financial Markets/Financial Panics/Market Regulation, etc., is quite long and leave one with a daunting feeling. Most titles sound interesting.