“Can Robert Putnam Save the American Dream?” That’s the question the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Marc Perry recently asked in a long and reverential article...

Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of HistoryBy Barry EichengreenOxford University Press, 512 pages Cynics say history’s only lesson is...

The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday LifeBy Uri Gneezy & John A. ListPublicAffairs, 288 pages The range of subjects covered by those...

To the Editor: In his article “How America Got Rich” [September], Arthur Herman mischaracterizes the United States as it was both before and after World War...

Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United StatesBy Michael LindHarper, 592 pages There are few stories in economic history more astonishing than the...

If you want to understand how the United States became the most prosperous society in the world, start with the ballpoint pen.  László Bíró, a...

An Economist Gets Lunch:New Rules for Everyday FoodiesBy Tyler CowenDutton, 304 pages Anyone writing engagingly on a nonacademic subject who cites the political scientist Thomas Schelling...

To the Editor: It would be interesting if Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan would expand upon their study of the often ignored economic progress...

To the Editor: James Pethokoukis worries that allowing a bit of inflation could easily “get out of hand,” thereby harming economic growth [“Let There Be Growth...

Over the past three decades, the American economy has grown considerably. Accounting for population growth and price changes, GDP has increased by more than 60...

To the Editor: It seems that David M. Smick is advocating opening up our wallets via the House ATM mechanism and continue to borrow money [“How...

Ezra Klein, an online columnist for the Washington Post, has been a sympathetic chronicler of President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat the Great Recession and...