Here are 50 of the best economics books every published based on the list in 50 Economics Classics: Your shortcut to the most important ideas on capitalism, finance, and the global economy by Tom Butler-Bowdon.

  1. Milton Friedman: Capitalism and Freedom
  2. Friedrich Hayek: The Use of Knowledge in Society
  3. Deirdre McCloskey: Bourgeois Equality
  4. Karl Marx: Capital
  5. Ludwig von Mises: Human Action
  6. Karl Polanyi The Great: Transformation
  7. Ayn Rand Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
  8. Joseph Schumpeter: Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
  9. Julian Simon: The Ultimate Resource 2
  10. Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations
  11. Thorstein Veblen: The Theory of the Leisure Class
  12. Max Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Growth & Development Recipes for a more prosperous world
  13. William Baumol: The Microtheory of Innovative Entrepreneurship
  14. Gary Becker: Human Capital
  15. Ha-Joon Chang: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism
  16. Peter Drucker: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  17. Robert J. Gordon: The Rise and Fall of American Growth
  18. Jane Jacobs: The Economy of Cities
  19. Thomas Malthus: An Essay on the Principle of Population
  20. Dambisa Moyo: Dead Aid
  21. Michael E. Porter: The Competitive Advantage of Nations
  22. David Ricardo: Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
  23. E. F. Schumacher: Small Is Beautiful
  24. Hernando de Soto: The Mystery of Capital Adventures in Money & Finance Booms, busts, and getting rich slowly
  25. Liaquat Ahamed: Lords of Finance
  26. John Bogle: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing
  27. Niall Ferguson: The Ascent of Money
  28. J. K. Galbraith: The Great Crash 1929
  29. Benjamin Graham: The Intelligent Investor
  30. Michael Lewis: The Big Short
  31. Hyman Minsky: Stabilizing An Unstable Economy
  32. Robert Shiller: Irrational Exuberance
  33. Joseph Stiglitz: The Euro Government, Markets & the Economy Citizens, not just consumers and producers
  34. Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee: The Second Machine Age
  35. Ronald Coase: The Firm, the Market and the Law
  36. Diane Coyle: GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History
  37. Henry George: Progress and Poverty
  38. John Maynard Keynes: The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
  39. Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine
  40. Paul Krugman: The Conscience of a Liberal
  41. Alfred Marshall: Principles of Economics
  42. Thomas Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  43. Dani Rodrik: The Globalization Paradox
  44. Paul Samuelson: Economics
  45. Amartya Sen: Poverty and Famines Behavioral Economics
  46. Albert O. Hirschman: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty
  47. Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner: Freakonomics
  48. Elinor Ostrom: Governing the Commons
  49. Thomas Schelling: Micromotives and Macrobehavior
  50. Richard Thaler: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics
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