Saturday, January 06, 2007
Chancellors' tales and other stories
Posted by David Smith at 03:00 PM
Category: Thoughts and responses

Many books cross my desk, and I've been meaning for some time to mention them more often. The Chancellors' Tales , Managing the British Economy (Polity), edited by Howard Davies, emerged from a bright idea by the London School Economics, which invited all recent chancellors to speak and be interviewed about their experiences. All - Lord Healey, Lord Howe, Lord Lawson, Lord Lamont and Kenneth Clarke - had interesting things to say. John Major declined, because he said he was not in the job long enough. Mind you, he still had time to take us into the ERM.

Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them, by Philippe Legrain (Little, Brown), s a new book by a youing economist who wrote a good book (Open World) about globalisation. It does what it says on the tin.

Finally, The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators: Making Sense of Economics is a useful handbook, setting out in an accessible way what the various indicators I and others write about measure, and how they do it.