Reviews

  • "A highly original approach to understanding what really makes economies tick. Both insightful and accessible to non-economists."

    Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England
  • "We learn most about ourselves at times of extreme stress and challenge. Using nine compelling country case studies, Richard Davies brilliantly demonstrates that the same is true of our economic systems. In its approach and insights, Extreme Economies is a revelation - and a must-read."

    Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England
  • "Richard Davies balances economics with art, exposing the trade-offs made by people living today and forcing us to question the outcomes of our decisions."

    Will Page, Chief Economist at Spotify
  • "Extreme Economies makes sense of the forces shaping the future. Taken together, the books nine deep dives are a much needed reminder that an economy is not what happens when equations interact with data. An economy is what happens when people -- real people, people with names -- interact with people. Anyone who wants to learn economics, is learning economics, or pretends to know some economics should read this book."

    Paul Romer, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
  • "Accessible and original. The author draws on sociology and anthropology and the simple power of observation and conversation to bring economics alive."

    Vince Cable, New Statesman Books of the Year
  • "Exciting to see economics strike out into the real world showing how trauma and chaos can yield raw truths about markets, monopolies and the state."

    Simon Jenkins
  • "Breathtaking. An entertaining, fascinating, important reminder of the power of economics to shape all of our lives."

    Ed Conway, Economics Editor of Sky News
  • "Richard Davies obviously made the kind of road trip many of us only dream of to write Extreme Economies. I tore through it. An economist who can write so well while at the same time explaining the economic principles so clearly is always a joy."

    Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge