Monday, December 10, 2012

From Neighborhoods to Nations by Yannis M. Ioannides

When I taught at Tufts University, Yannis Ioannides was one of my favorite colleagues.  One of the world's top urban economists, he has a broad knowledge of both theory and applied economics.  The depth and breadth of his knowledge is on display in his new Princeton University Press book titled From Neighborhoods to Nations: The Economics of Social Interactions.  This rigorous 521 page book will nudge any Ph.D economist to the frontier of spatial economics.   I believe that graduate students and faculty who work in industrial organization and international trade will greatly benefit from reading this excellent book.  In this age of blogging and consulting, there aren't enough major economists writing a full length "treatise".  Just because the median Internet reader has ADD doesn't mean that we suppliers should simply serve up bite sized pieces of ideas!  I applaud that Yannis respects his readers enough to supply a very serious piece of work.  We can all learn from his example!