BOOKS: THE DISMAL SCIENCE MADE FUN - A serious subject is dressed up with a naughty book title, but if it is going to banish economic nonsense in the media and elsewhere, Kate Barker is all for it

BOOKS: THE DISMAL SCIENCE MADE FUN - A serious subject is dressed up with a naughty book title, but if it is going to banish economic nonsense in the media and elsewhere, Kate Barker is all for it - Sex, Drugs & Economics; By Diane Coyle; Texere pounds 18

by KATE BARKER, an external member of the Bank of England'sMonetary Policy Committee

Sex, Drugs & Economics; By Diane Coyle; Texere pounds 18.99

If you read this book on the train, as I did, you'll find the title attracts quite a bit of attention. Of course, Sex, Drugs & Economics: An Unconventional Introduction to Economics is a frivolous title that has a serious purpose - getting people interested in economics, so that they become better informed about it. The depressing truth is that fewer people in the UK study economics these days, and one consequence is that ignorance of the basic principles of economics is frequently demonstrated in the media.

Indeed, part of the reason I'm glad Diane Coyle wrote this book is so that she (and I) might not find ourselves shouting 'economic nonsense!' at the radio/TV/newspaper quite so frequently. So the two real tests for the book are: can it live up to its title by including attractive and lively examples, and how well does it succeed in explaining economics?

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