Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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Bestselling author and economist Ha-Joon Chang makes challenging economic ideas delicious by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world, using the diverse histories behind familiar food items to explore economic theory. The author is from South Korea and there is a lot of Asian influence in the food discussion and background, but it adds to the depth of the book. Just as eating a wide range of cuisines contributes to a more interesting and balanced diet, so too is it essential we listen to a variety of economic perspectives.

In a rather unconventional manner, Edible Economics reviews a swath of economic theories and practices through the lens of foods — not through a given country or economy’s food culture or food economics, but simply through the lens of foods that relate to the economic thread. Well, perhaps okra, but now that Mr Chang mentioned gumbo was what convinced his palate to welcome okra, I'm going to try it one day. In chapters with titles such as Noodle and Banana, Ha-Joon Chang sketches out the story of his home country’s rise. kg can or a 300 g can of anchovies in olive oil on a given run to the supermarket, I appreciated how Mr Chang used commonly eaten and popular foodstuff across the world to explain economic theories, political-economic systems, processes, and even an economist's overview of world history from the recent past to the present.Curried clam broth leads into consideration of the spice trade, and then to the Dutch East India Company, and then to limited liability companies in general, and to suggestions about how the reform of corporate governance might make it possible to sustain long-term investments in green technology.

It drew stories and parallels between various food ingredients to, often seemingly random, economic concepts.I am sure it will be a tasty treat for everyone interested not only in food or economics but in a good storytelling about how the modern world works. Ha-Joon Chang is a Professor Economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world’s leading economists. Taking the example of the humble anchovy, he tells us how the raw materials based economies were ruined by the surge of synthetic substitutes, as happened to guano, rubber, and dyes, on which economies such as Peru's, Brazil's and Guatemala's were dependent on to prosper, and how this can happen again (and why). It shows that getting to grips with the economy is like learning a recipe: when we understand it, we can adapt and improve it—and better understand our world. Un libro escrito con sentido del humor, rigurosidad argumentativa, con alcances literarios y culturales interesantísimos.

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