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Must-Reads of 2017: Monopolies, Sexism and Economics

Economics is still reckoning with the aftermath of the Great Recession, inequality and problems of its own making.
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This was the year economic thinking took a backseat to political battles. But even as attention was focused on policy battles over health care and tax reform, economists were quietly talking about how to make the economy more productive and more equal. Here is a list of some great books and papers that emerged from this turbulent year:

1. “The Rise of Market Power and the Macroeconomic Implications,” by Jan De Loecker and Jan Eeckhout