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Summer Reading Assignment for Econ 1, U.C. Berkeley, Fall 2010

Date May 9, 2010 4:04 PM PDT
From Brad DeLong brad.delong@gmail.com
Subject Summer Assignments for Econ 1, Fall 2010
Body Before you show up here in the fall for Econ 1, please read:

  1. The whole book of Partha Dasgupta, Economics: A Very Short Introduction (ISBN #: 0192853457 Publisher: Oxford) http://www.amazon.com/Economics-Very-Short-Introduction-Introductions/dp/0192853457

  2. The "Introduction" and chapters 1 through 5 of Book I (i.e., I:1-5) of Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (available for free on the web or free for Amazon Kindle or Apple iBooks; you can also buy a copy) http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3300/3300-h/3300-h.htm

  3. Pp. 1-31 of Paul Seabright, In the Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life (ISBN #: 978-0691146461 Publisher: Princeton) http://www.amazon.com/Company-Strangers-Natural-History-Economic/dp/0691146462/

  4. Pp. ix-69 of Milton Friedman and Rose Director Friedman, Free to Choose (ISBN #: 978-0156334600 Publisher: Mariner) http://www.amazon.com/Free-Choose-Statement-Milton-Friedman/dp/0156334607/

Yes, there will be a quiz. :-)

Sincerely Yours,

J. Bradford DeLong
Professor of Economics

UPDATE: August 23: If you haven't done any of it yet, I would strongly recommend getting cracking on Dasgupta...