Daron Acemoglu (MIT), James A. Robinson (Harvard) and Thierry Verdier (PSE): Can't We All Be More Like Scandinavians? Asymmetric Growth and Institutions in an Interdependent World (and more). From the forthcoming Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Alexander J. Field profiles John Kenneth Galbraith. From NYRB, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on what Krugman and Stiglitz can tell us — a review essay. Gillian Terzis on the rise of the celebrity economist: Markets are as unstable as during any point in American history — and a select few have found a way to capitalize. Romney’s go-to economist: R. Glenn Hubbard has been straddling the sometimes shaky line between academia and politics. Christopher Nealon reviews Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar. The introduction to Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones. Bernanke vs. the Borg: Matthew O’Brien on a short history of the Fed's amazing transformation. Does economic growth make you happy?: Robert Skidelsky reviews Economics After the Crisis: Objectives and Means by Adair Turner. What have the economists ever done for us? Andrew G Haldane wants to know.

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