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Ha-Joon Chang: Free Markets

Ha-Joon is a Professor at The University of Cambridge Economics Department and leading heterodox economists specialising in development economics.

He is also a consultant at The World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank as well as to Oxfam and various United Nations agencies.

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He has written 13 books and his latest 2, which we recommend are worth the read are:

Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity – This book was endorsed by a number of commentators across the political spectrum – from Noam Chomsky on the left to Martin Wolf on the right. The book deals with a range of rather serious issues related to economic development – trade policy, intellectual property rights, regulation of foreign investment, privatization, democracy, corruption, and culture. However, in order to make these issues accessible to lay readers, I engage the services of Monty Python, The Full Monty, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Tom Cruise, Mother Teresa, my daughter Yuna, my son Jin-Gyu, and an elephant.

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism – Bloomsbury USA, describes, it is a ‘lighthearted book with serious purpose’. Not to be outdone by “Bad Samaritans” in terms of its entertainment value, “23 things” employs his son Jin-Gyu (again), the ‘Dead Presidents’ on the dollar bills, Walt Disney’s Rescuers, an Indian bus driver named Ram, and sheep-burning French farmers.

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