So after being in limbo for many, many months, all my stuff has finally been shipped to the East Coast.
And this allows me to go through books that have been in storage for over half a year. One of which is Labor Economics by Pierre Cahuc and André Zylberberg, one of the few graduate-level labor economics textbook out there.
Thorstein Veblen the blogger took an email from a reader interested in learning about economics. I imagine that a lot of people read the economic and finance blogosphere to try and self-teach economics. (I know I did.) If you are interested in labor economics (and microeconomics too) at a graduate level of sophistication, I would recommend this textbook. I learned about several things I was interested in – Shapiro and Stiglitz’ shirking models, Rubinstein bargaining models, search models, phillips curves and the critiques thereof – in a way that was really accessible, far more accessible and better placed in intellectual context than the other leading textbooks.
And checking it out again, there’s all kinds of stuff in there about both the Beveridge curve and hysteresis, things very much in the debate right now, things that I’m thinking about right now.
It works well with just an undergraduate level of economics. It gives you a solid background if you then want to go and sneak follow David Card’s lecture notes online or read the latest syllabi for graduate labor seminars to see what people are discussing.
What have you been reading or re-reading at the end of summer?