Books embody the Institute's most serious and sustained research on a full range of issues. Our books are also the product of the most thorough peer review process, including critiques solicited from specialists outside the Institute who may remain anonymous, as is traditional for leading academic presses.

Featured Books

Policy Analyses in International Economics 104
edited by Cathleen Cimino-Isaacs and Jeffrey J. Schott
July 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between 12 Pacific Rim countries has generated the most intensive political debate about the role of trade in the United States in a generation. The TPP is one of the broadest and most progressive free trade agree ... More

edited by C. Fred Bergsten and Russell A. Green
April 2016

In September 1985, emissaries of the world's five leading industrial nations—the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Japan—secretly gathered at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and unveiled an unprecedented effort to correct ... More

by Caroline Freund
assisted by Sarah Oliver
January 2016

Like the robber barons of the 19th century Gilded Age, a new and proliferating crop of billionaires is driving rapid development and industrialization in poor countries. The accelerated industrial growth spurs economic prosperity for some, but it al ... More

by Steven R. Weisman
January 2016

The global financial and economic crisis that began in 2008 has blasted livelihoods, inspired protests, and toppled governments. It has also highlighted the profound moral concerns long surrounding globalization. Did materialist exce ... More

edited by Marcus Noland and Donghyun Park
October 2015

Asian financial systems, which serve the most economically dynamic region of the world, survived the global economic crisis of the last several years. In From Stress to Growth: Strengthening Asia's Financial Systems in a Post-Crisis World , scho ... More

by Anders Åslund
April 2015

Ukraine suffered unprecedented political, economic, and military turmoil following Russia's annexation of Crimea in early 2014. Russian military aggression in the east and a legacy of destructive policies and corruption have created an imminent exis ... More

edited by Anders Åslund and Simeon Djankov
November 2014

The fall of communism transformed the political and economic landscape in more than two dozen countries across Europe and Asia. In this volume published on the 25th anniversary of the fall, political leaders, scholars, and policymakers assess the le ... More

by C. Fred Bergsten , Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Sean Miner
assisted by Tyler Moran
October 2014

The terrain of the world trading system is shifting as countries in Asia, Europe, and North America negotiate new trade agreements. However, none of these talks include both China and the United States, the two biggest economies in the world. In thi ... More

by Nicholas R. Lardy
September 2014

China's transition to a market economy has propelled its remarkable economic growth since the late 1970s. In this book, Nicholas R. Lardy, one of the world's foremost experts on the Chinese economy, traces the increasing role of market forces and ... More

by William R. Cline
June 2014

First came the financial and debt crisis in Greece, then government financing difficulties and rescue programs in Ireland in 2010 and Portugal in 2011. Before long, Italy and Spain were engulfed by financial contagion as well. Finally in 2012, t ... More

by Simeon Djankov
June 2014

In mid-2009 Simeon Djankov, who had dealt with a variety of economic and financial crises as chief economist for finance and private sector development at the World Bank, was suddenly thrust into the job of finance minister of his native Bulgaria ... More

by Cullen S. Hendrix and Marcus Noland
May 2014

Countries blessed with abundant natural resources often seek financial and political power from their supposedly lucky status. But the potentially negative impact of natural resources on development of poor countries is captured in the phrase "the r ... More