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Books about the future of Money

. Books about the future of Money


The Future of Money

by
Bernard Lietaer

Bernard Lietaer’s extraordinary book is a devastating and controversial analysis of the challenges facing monetary systems now. The debate it will create will be a contentious and passionate one. There is no such thing as money: it is only an agreement of society to use something as a medium of exchange. This agreement is being placed under an unprecedented strain, due to a wide range of factors (from the creation of cybermoney, to social and political issues). This momentum of change could become even faster, and the effects more brutal, if the instability of the monetary system continues to spread. The global monetary crises of the 1990s (Mexico, Russia, Asia and Brazil) proved that money is modern society’s central information system – equivalent to the nervous system in our own bodies. In order to prevent a global monetary meltdown, a unique vision of sustainable abundance, and the mechanisms for achieving this, is proposed.




Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
by Cory Doctorow

In a world of affluence and immortality, the big battles will be fought over culture, not politics. That’s the starting-point of Wired contributor Doctorow’s daring novel set in a futuristic Disney World where talent cooperatives vie to run the attractions.





Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender
by Thomas Greco

What's in the news today has everything to do with MONEY, from issuance of new currencies, to threats of deflation and spiraling unemployment, to measures for insuring a community's economic security. Tom Greco's new book MONEY: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender covers all this and more.

Think of it as a trade: an exchange in idea currency much like you trade money for food and other life essentials. Because once you've read MONEY, you'll never think the same about what money is, what money does, how it is created, whom it benefits, and how the creation of parallel currencies outside of money as legal tender has the potential to transform community economic life. In effect you'll have traded ignorance for knowledge, an exchange I think you'll agree, is highly in your favor.





Estimating How the Macroeconomy Works
by Ray Fair

Macroeconomics tries to describe and explain the economywide movement of prices, output, and unemployment. The field has been sharply divided among various schools, including Keynesian, monetarist, new classical, and others. It has also been split between theorists and empiricists. Ray Fair is a resolute empiricist, developing and refining methods for testing theories and models. The field cannot advance without the discipline of testing how well the models approximate the data. Using a multicountry econometric model, he examines several important questions, including what causes inflation, how monetary authorities behave and what are their stabilization limits, how large is the wealth effect on aggregate consumption, whether European monetary policy has been too restrictive, and how large are the stabilization costs to Europe of adopting the euro. He finds, among other things, little evidence for the rational expectations hypothesis and for the so-called non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment (NAIRU) hypothesis. He also shows that the U.S. economy in the last half of the 1990s was not a "new age" economy.


Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons
by Peter Barnes

From the cofounder of Working Assets comes a visionary plan to upgrade capitalism: Establish an independent "common wealth" sector to protect shared assets like air and water, and maybe even cultures and communities. Secure these assets in a trust that belongs to everyone, he writes in "Capitalism 3.0," and profit-making corporations couldn't wantonly gobble them up. Plus, everybody would benefit equally from their use. If it sounds farfetched, maybe that's the point: "We ignore common wealth because it lacks price tags and property rights," warns Barnes, who already has incorporated a nonprofit organization called the Sky Trust to protect the atmosphere.




Ecological Economics: Principles And Applications
by Joshua Farley (Author), Herman E. Daly (Author)

Conventional economics is often criticized for failing to reflect adequately the value of clean air and water, species diversity, and social and generational equity. By excluding biophysical and social systems from their analyses, many conventional economists overlook problems of the increasing scale of human impacts and the inequitable distribution of resources.

Ecological Economics is an introductory-level textbook for an emerging paradigm that addresses this flaw in much economic thought. The book defines a revolutionary "transdiscipline" that incorporates insights from the biological, physical, and social sciences, and it offers a pedagogically complete examination of this exciting new field. The book provides students with a foundation in traditional neoclassical economic thought, but places that foundation within a new interdisciplinary framework that embraces the linkages among economic growth, environmental degradation, and social inequity.





State of the World 2008: Toward a Sustainable Global Economy
by The Worldwatch Institute

Growing evidence suggests that the global economy, rooted in ideas and assumptions that were progressive two hundred years ago, is now destroying its own ecological base and offering little to billions of impoverished people. In response, pioneers are creating the architecture of sustainable economies, one innovation at a time. State of the World 2008 describes these innovations — from microfinance to closed-loop manufacturing and the use of trusts to protect common resources — as well as identifying the obstacles that prevent a critical mass of people and organizations from moving toward sustainability, and rallying coalitions of stakeholders that can produce win-win solutions and strategies for achieving specific sustainability goals.





Contours of the World Economy 1-2030 AD:
Essays in Macro-Economic History

by Angus Maddison

This book seeks to identify the forces which explain how and why some parts of the world have grown rich and others have lagged behind. Encompassing 2000 years of history, Part 1 begins with the Roman Empire and explores the key factors that have influenced economic development in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. Part 2 covers the development of macroeconomic tools of analysis from the 17th century to the present. Part 3 looks to the future and considers what the shape of the world economy might be in 2030.

Combining both the close quantitative analysis with a more qualitative approach that takes into account the complexity of the forces at work, Contours of the World Economy provides students with a totally fascinating overview of world economic history.




The Changing Face of Central Banking: Evolutionary Trends since World War II (Studies in Macroeconomic History)
by Pierre L. Siklos

Central banks have emerged as the key players in national and international policy making. This book explores their evolution since World War II in 20 industrial countries. The study considers the mix of economic, political, and institutional forces that have affected central bank behavior and its relationship with government. The analysis reconciles vastly different views about the role of central banks in the making of economic policies. One finding is that monetary policy is an evolutionary process.





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