Greg Mankiw has a lively discussion on his blog about the best non-textbook book on economics. Some great recommendations, there.
This got me thinking about my college education in India, in the 1980s. The economics textbooks we used then (Dutt & Sundaram, KK Dewett and such like) were so terrible that just thinking of them makes me shudder. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d probably rate my economics education in college as -1. And mind you, I went to an institution that was supposed to be one of India’s better colleges. Suffice it to say that I learnt more economics from a single 10-week class in my MBA than in two years of my B.Com.
A question for IEB readers, especially current students: Has the situation improved since I went to college ie, are there any good textbooks on the Indian economy?
Sidebar: For those interested, we had a great discussion on IEB earlier about the ten best books on India.