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Martin Wolf selects his must-read titles
Two authors argue that the sector is actively damaging society
Anti-elitism threatens liberal democracy and capitalism. Martin Wolf asks: Is reform the answer?
An exhilarating history of US capitalism from the former Fed chief and Adrian Wooldridge
Two new books do an admirable job of judging the communist superpower on its own terms
The hedge fund guru dissects the big debt meltdowns by converting a sprawling issue into a clear-cut process of cause and effect
A universal basic income is a big idea but has its time really come?
Fees in the finance industry have helped lenders boost profits — at considerable social cost
He championed laissez-faire economics but also recognised the need for strong social institutions
Martin Wolf on how the crisis marked the end of a consensus for liberalisation
Middle age is miserable — but for most it’s a passing phase, say official data
Martin Wolf selects his mid-year reads
Putin’s hostility to Khodorkovsky was not a matter of personal whim
A challenging analysis that forces us to reconsider how our economies work — and who it works for
There is one battle that even the wealthiest person is bound to lose — the inevitability of death
An investigation into the shortcomings of economic measurement is much more than a tirade against lies, damned lies and statistics
GDP is the most widely used measure of economic success — but is it misleading?
Nobel-winner Jean Tirole sets out how a humbled discipline can fulfil its responsibilities in the public sphere
The former Greek finance minister seeks to demystify his discipline
An overview of Marxist thought works as both introduction and contemporary critique
People take centre stage in David Kynaston’s account of a 323-year quest for financial stability
Three titles dominate and, if you look closely enough, a single idea connects them
Predictions of a shift to virtual currencies have technology on their side but ignore the politics behind our payment systems
Inequality and toxic identity politics haunt Michael Vatikiotis’s portrait of a region often celebrated for its dynamism