The Irreverent Economist

What We Are Reading

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single book. Here you can find a sampling of the many sources on which we rely to learn about our ever-changing world. Our scope is broad and our interests eclectic. Feel free to check the archives, for we often refer back to these materials for fresh insights. Happy reading!

Fall 2016


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, 2006
Robert Cialdini

Revolutionary Wealth, 2007
Alvin Toffler

If You Can, 2014
William Bernstein

The One Page Financial Plan, 2015
Carl Richards

The Simple Path to Wealth, 2016
Jim Collins

Principles, 2011
Ray Dalio

Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, 2016
Foroohar, Rana

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, 2016
Angela Duckworth

Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World, 2016
Donald Sull & Kathleen Eisenhardt


Behavioral Alpha: The True Power of Financial Advice, Barron’s October 2016
Daniel Crosby

My Psychology Teacher Gave Us This Paper on How to Cope with Stress , September 2016
Lina (Twitter)

Potential Pitfalls of Negative Policy Rates, Fidelity Investments, May 2016
Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly and Jacob Weinstein

Accounting for Rising Corporate Profits: Intangibles or Regulatory Rents?, Boston University School of Law, May 2016
James Bessen

Social Security, Medicare Face Insolvency Over 20 Years, Trustees Report, Wall St. Journal, June 2016
Nick Timiraos

As Obamacare Death Spiral Continues, Flailing Institutions Attempt to Cope, October 2015
Lambert Strether

How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone, New York Times, September 2016
Nicoel Perlroth

How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen, August 2016
Peggy Noonan

The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority, August 2016
Nassim Taleb

The Greater Depression, Part I, The Burning Platform blog, September 2016.
Jim Quinn

The Coming Crack-Up Boom, The National Interest, July 8, 2016
Jay Zawatsky

The Four Horsemen of the Global Deleveraging Apocalypse, March 20, 2016
Macro Ops

Sorry, Central Banks: Risk and Volatility Cannot be Extinguished, Of Two Minds Blog, September 2016
Charles Hugh Smith



Epsilon Theory

Wolf Street

Naked Capitalism

Calculated Risk

Hussman Funds

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