Economics Is For Everyone


Economics Is For Everyone

Cognitive and TED collaboration

About the speaker

Ray Laurence

Ha Joon Chang is an institutional economist, specialising in development economics – he’s also an impassioned author, whose incendiary books on global economics have won him numerous accolades. He has worked widely as a consultant and is currently a reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge.

The big issue

Leading economist and author Ha Joon Chang uses all his experience working with the World Bank, Oxfam, the U.N. and others to take us on a rollercoaster ride through modern economics. He asks us to challenge the pronouncements of economists, who have successfully made economics seem difficult, when in reality it’s 95% common sense. By dispelling the myths that surround economics and actively discussing it, we might actually be able to alleviate our problems if not solve them.

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23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

This book isn’t strictly the one on which this talk is based, but is full of the same bold thinking. Ha Joon Chang busts the many myths surrounding capitalism and the way the world economy is currently run. Is there such a thing as a ‘free’ market? Is globalization making the world richer or poorer? And do higher paid managers produce better results? Answers to these questions and more await you in this lively, wise and timely book.

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