The 10 Most Popular Labour Economics Books

  • Craftsman
    CraftsmanMost of us have to work. Pure competition, Sennett shows, will never produce good work. .
  • The 100-Year Life: Living and working in an age of longevity [Read online]
    The 100-Year Life: Living and working in an age of longevityWhat will your 100-year life look like. The 100-Year Life is here to help. · How can you make the most of your intangible assets – such as family and friends – as you build a productive, longer life.
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work [Read online]
    Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of WorkA philosopher/mechanic’s wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one’s hands Called “the sleeper hit of the publishing season” (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a “knowledge worker,” based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing.
  • The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action (Arena) [Read online]
    The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action (Arena)social scientist and consultant examines five professions – engineering, architecture, management, psychotherapy, and town planning – to show how professionals really go about solving problems. The best professionals, Donald SchA n maintains, know more than they can put into words. This unarticulated, largely unexamined process is the subject of SchA n’s provocatively original book, an effort to show precisely how ‘reflection-in-action’ works and how this vital creativity might be fostered in future professionals.
  • Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future [Read online]
    Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless FutureHow many will there be. And who will have them. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further.
  • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Vintage International) [Read online]
    The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Vintage International)Alain de Botton on The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work I wrote The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work to shine a spotlight on the working world. Thus is born The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. —Alain de Botton (Photo © Roderick Field).
  • Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few [Read online]
    Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the FewLeading political economist and bestselling author Robert B. Laying to rest the specious dichotomy between a free market and “big government,” Reich shows that the truly critical choice ahead is between a market organized for broad-based prosperity and one designed to deliver ever more gains to the top. Visionary and acute, Saving Capitalism illuminates the path toward restoring America’s fundamental promise of opportunity and advancement.
  • Why We Work (Ted) [Read online]
    Why We Work (Ted)Part of the TED series: Why We Work Why do we work. Then why are so many people dissatisfied with their work, despite healthy compensation. With great insight and wisdom, Schwartz illuminates the path for readers to take their first steps toward understanding, empowering us all to find great work.
  • Only in Australia: The History, Politics, and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism [Read online]
    Only in Australia: The History, Politics, and Economics of Australian ExceptionalismAustralia’s distinctive bent is manifested in a tightly regulated labour market; a heavy reliance on means testing and income taxation; a geographical centralization of political power combined with its dispersal amongst autonomous authorities, and electoral singularities such as compulsory and preferential voting. Bringing together contributions from economists, economic historians, and political scientists, the volume seeks to understand why Australia is different. It offers a range of explanations from the ‘historical legacy’, to material factors, historical chance, and personalities.
  • Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism [Read online]
    Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic CapitalismThe financial crisis keeps us on edge and creates a diffuse sense of helplessness. In this book, compiled from his Adorno Lectures given in Frankfurt, Wolfgang Streeck lays bare the roots of the present financial, fiscal and economic crisis, seeing it as part of the long neoliberal transformation of postwar capitalism that began in the 1970s. It shows that something deeply disturbing underlies the current situation: a metamorphosis of the whole relationship between democracy and capitalism.

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