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Moral Hazard in Health Insurance

by Amy Finkelstein, Kenneth J. Arrow, Jonathan Gruber & Joseph P. Newhouse et al. Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

In this short and accessible book, Amy Finkelstein—winner of the 2012 John Bates Clark award—tackles the tricky question of moral hazard, which is the tendency to take risks when the cost will be borne by...


Community Economic Development in Social Work

by Steven D. Soifer, Joseph B. McNeely, Cathy L. Costa & Nancy Pickering-Bernheim Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

Community economic development (CED) is an increasingly essential factor in the revitalization of low- to moderate-income communities. This cutting-edge text explores the intersection of CED and social work...


The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

by Joel Simon Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and the Internet can be brought under government control at any time. Joel Simon, the executive director...


Uncertainty, Expectations, and Financial Instability: Reviving Allais's Lost Theory of Psychological Time

by Eric Barthalon Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

Eric Barthalon applies the neglected theory of psychological time and memory decay of Nobel Prize–winning economist Maurice Allais (1911–2010) to model investors’ psychology in the present context of recurrent...


Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

by Lawrence A. Cunningham Columbia University Press (October 21, 2014)

Berkshire Hathaway, the $300 billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world’s largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire,...


Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization

by Edward D. Hess Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

New and evolving technologies and increasing globalization continue to impact many businesses. To compete in this rapidly changing environment, individuals and organizations must take their ability to learn—the...


The Gold Standard at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Rising Powers, Global Money, and the Age of Empire

by Steven Bryan Columbia University Press (August 31, 2010)

By the end of the nineteenth century, the world was ready to adopt the gold standard, out of fealty not so much to Britain but to realpolitik concerns of national power, prestige, and anti-English competition....


The Arrow Impossibility Theorem

by Eric Maskin, Amartya Sen, Kenneth J. Arrow & Partha Dasgupta et al. Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

Kenneth Arrow's pathbreaking “impossibility theorem” was a watershed in the history of welfare economics, voting theory, and collective choice, demonstrating that there is no voting rule that satisfies the...


Speculation, Trading, and Bubbles

by José A. Scheinkman, Kenneth J. Arrow, Patrick Bolton & Joseph E. Stiglitz et al. Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

The history of financial markets is full of moments in which asset prices inflate far beyond their intrinsic value. These events are commonly called bubbles, and in this book, José A. Scheinkman and other top...


The Nature of Value: How to Invest in the Adaptive Economy

by Nick Gogerty Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

The Nature of Value presents a theory of how economic value functions and how it drives growth, starting with tiny sparks of innovation and scaling all the way up to the full scope of the economy. Nick Gogerty’s...


Looks Good on Paper?: Using In-Depth Personality Assessment to Predict Leadership Performance

by Leslie S. Pratch Columbia University Press (June 17, 2014)

Leslie S. Pratch is a practicing psychologist who focuses on assessing and coaching executives who occupy or are candidates for top positions in business organizations. In this book, she shares insights from...


The World's First Stock Exchange

by Lodewijk Petram & Lynne Richards Columbia University Press (May 20, 2014)

The launch of the Dutch East India Company in 1602 initiated Amsterdam’s transformation from a regional market town into a dominant financial center. The Company introduced easily transferable shares, and...


Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City

by Steven H. Jaffe, Jessica Lautin & Museum of the City of New York Columbia University Press (May 06, 2014)

From Revolutionary-era bank notes and stock and bond trading during the Civil War to the invention of modern mortgages and the 2008 financial collapse, Capital of Capital explores how New York City gave rise...


Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress

by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Bruce C. Greenwald, Philippe Aghion & Kenneth J. Arrow et al. Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

It has long been recognized that most standard of living increases are associated with advances in technology, not the accumulation of capital. Yet it has also become clear that what truly separates developed...


More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places (Updated and Expanded)

by Michael J. Mauboussin Columbia University Press (October 18, 2007)

Since its first publication, Michael J. Mauboussin's popular guide to wise investing has been translated into eight languages and has been named best business book by BusinessWeek and best economics book by...


Winnebago Nation: The RV in American Culture

by James B. Twitchell Columbia University Press (April 08, 2014)

There are close to 8.5 million RVs on the U.S. highways and roads today, and if you are a man in your fifties, there is a good chance you have owned or are about to own a recreational vehicle. Winnebago Nation...


Passion for Reality: The Extraordinary Life of the Investing Pioneer Paul Cabot

by Michael R. Yogg & John C. Bogle Columbia University Press (February 11, 2014)

Paul Cabot (1898–1994) was an innovative mutual fund manager and executive known for his strong character, charismatic personality, and trendsetting achievements. Iconoclastic and rebellious, Cabot broke free...


The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

by Dean Starkman Columbia University Press (January 07, 2014)

In this sweeping, incisive post mortem, Dean Starkman exposes the critical shortcomings that softened coverage in the business press during the mortgage era and the years leading up to the financial collapse...


The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step-by-Step Project Guide

by Jeanne Liedtka, Tim Ogilvie & Rachel Brozenske Columbia University Press (January 14, 2014)

In Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers (D4G), Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie showed how design can boost innovation and drive growth. In this companion guide, also suitable as a stand-alone...


This Place, These People: Life and Shadow on the Great Plains

by David Stark & Nancy Warner Columbia University Press (October 29, 2013)

Nancy Warner’s photographs and David Stark’s interviews and reflections provide fresh perspective on the history and culture of a distinctly American phenomenon. Continuing in the tradition of Solomon D....


An End to Poverty?: A Historical Debate

by Gareth Stedman Jones Columbia University Press (September 28, 2005)

In the 1790s, for the first time, reformers proposed bringing poverty to an end. Inspired by scientific progress, the promise of an international economy, and the revolutions in France and the United States,...


How Finance Is Shaping the Economies of China, Japan, and Korea

by Yung Chul Park & Hugh Patrick Columbia University Press (November 19, 2013)

This volume connects the evolving modern financial systems of China, Japan, and Korea to the development and growth of their economies through the first decade of the twenty-first century. It also identifies...


Security and Profit in China's Energy Policy: Hedging Against Risk

by Øystein Tunsjø Columbia University Press (October 29, 2013)

China has developed sophisticated hedging strategies for managing the international petroleum market, maintaining a favorable energy mix, pursuing overseas equity oil production, building a state-owned tanker...


Solving Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works

by Jeanne Liedtka, Andrew King & Kevin Bennett Columbia University Press (September 03, 2013)

Design-oriented firms such as Apple and IDEO have demonstrated how design thinking can directly affect business results. Yet most managers lack a real sense of how to put this new approach to use for issues...


New Perspectives on International Migration and Development

by Jeronimo Cortina & Enrique Ochoa-Reza Columbia University Press (June 25, 2013)

With contributions from leading scholars in international development, economics, political science and sociology, this collection draws attention to migration’s developmental impacts on sending and receiving...


Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers

by Benjamin C. Alamar & Dean Oliver Columbia University Press (July 02, 2013)

Benjamin C. Alamar founded the first journal dedicated to sports statistics, the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. He developed and teaches a class on sports analytics for managers at the University...


Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

by August Turak Columbia University Press (June 04, 2013)

August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award-winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey for seventeen years....


The Best Business Writing 2013

by Dean Starkman, Martha M. Hamilton, Ryan Chittum & Felix Salmon Columbia University Press (May 21, 2013)

An anthology Malcolm Gladwell has called “riveting and indispensable,” The Best Business Writing is a far-ranging survey of business’s dynamic relationship with politics, culture, and life. This year’s...


Investing: The Last Liberal Art

by Robert G. Hagstrom Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

Robert G. Hagstrom is one of the best-known authors of investment books for general audiences. Turning his extensive experience as a portfolio manager at Legg Mason Capital Management into valuable guidance...


The Robin Hood Rules for Smart Giving

by Michael M. Weinstein & Ralph M. Bradburd Columbia University Press (April 23, 2013)

The Robin Hood Foundation is a charitable organization focused on alleviating problems caused by poverty in New York City. Michael M. Weinstein is the Foundation’s senior vice president, and Ralph M. Bradburd...


What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

by Jim Paul & Brendan Moynihan Columbia University Press (April 02, 2013)

Jim Paul’s meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to Governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all—his fortune, his reputation, and his job—in one fatal moment of...


Measured Excess: Status, Gender, and Consumer Nationalism in South Korea

by Laura C. Nelson Columbia University Press (December 06, 2000)

This insightful analysis of the ways in which South Korean economic development strategies have reshaped the country's national identity gives specific attention to the manner in which women, as the primary...


Creative Strategy: A Handbook for Innovation

by William Duggan Columbia University Press (November 27, 2012)

William Duggan’s 2007 book, Strategic Intuition, showed how innovation really happens in business and other fields and how that matches with what modern neuroscience tells us about how creative ideas form...


Human Services Management: Organizational Leadership in Social Work Practice

by David Austin Columbia University Press (November 18, 2002)

Human services management occurs in nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit sectors and involves a wide variety of organizational structures. These diverse conditions shape the effort to produce and project...


Consumer Politics in Postwar Japan: The Institutional Boundaries of Citizen Activism

by Patricia L. Maclachlan Columbia University Press (December 26, 2001)

Providing comparisons to the United States and Britain, this book examines Japan's postwar consumer protection movement. Organized largely by and for housewives and spurred by major cases of price gouging and...


Corporate Risk Management

by Donald H. Chew Columbia University Press (January 08, 2008)

More than 30 leading scholars and finance practitioners discuss the theory and practice of using enterprise-risk management (ERM) to increase corporate values. ERM is the corporate-wide effort to manage the...


The Right to Know: Transparency for an Open World

by Ann Florini & Joseph E. Stiglitz Columbia University Press (May 22, 2007)

The Right to Know is a timely and compelling consideration of a vital question: What information should governments and other powerful organizations disclose? Excessive secrecy corrodes democracy, facilitates...


Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber: Communities, Conservation, and the State in Community-Based Forest Management

by Nicholas K. Menzies Columbia University Press (May 15, 2007)

Community-based forest management (CBFM) is a model of forest management in which a community takes part in decision making and implementation, and monitoring of activities affecting the natural resources around...


The Wealth of Nature: How Mainstream Economics Has Failed the Environment

by Robert L. Nadeau Columbia University Press (June 12, 2003)

Virtually all large-scale damage to the global environment is caused by economic activities, and the vast majority of economic planners in both business and government coordinate these activities on the basis...


Interest Rate Swaps and Other Derivatives

by Howard Corb Columbia University Press (June 19, 2012)

Interest rate swaps allow counterparties to exchange fixed rate streams of payment for floating ones. The first swap was executed over thirty years ago, and since then, the interest rate swaps market and other...


Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis

by Jose Antonio Alonso & Jose Antonio Ocampo Columbia University Press (July 17, 2012)

Leading governments undertook extraordinary measures to offset the 2008 economic crisis, shoring up financial institutions, stimulating demand to reverse recession, and rebalancing budgets to alleviate sovereign...


The Future of Organized Labor in American Politics

by Peter L. Francia Columbia University Press (February 01, 2006)

In 1995, promising a more active political presence for unions, John Sweeney was elected president of the AFL-CIO. Labor would develop a "new voice," one that could not be ignored or taken for granted by Democratic...


Bailouts: Public Money, Private Profit

by Robert E. Wright Columbia University Press (February 04, 2010)

Today's financial crisis is the result of dismal failures on the part of regulators, market analysts, and corporate executives. Yet the response of the American government has been to bail out the very institutions...


Gender, Globalization, and Postsocialism: The Czech Republic After Communism

Covering Globalization: A Handbook for Reporters

by Anya Schiffrin & Amer Bisat Columbia University Press (November 17, 2004)

The first journalism textbook for reporters who cover finance and economics in developing and transitional countries, Covering Globalization is an essential guide to the pressing topics of our times. Written...


Measured Excess: Status, Gender, and Consumer Nationalism in South Korea

by Laura C. Nelson Columbia University Press (July 24, 2012)

This insightful analysis of the ways in which South Korean economic development strategies have reshaped the country's national identity gives specific attention to the manner in which women, as the primary...


When Principles Pay: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line

by Geoffrey Heal Columbia University Press (April 02, 2008)

Stories of predatory lending practices and the reckless destruction of the environment by greedy corporations dominate the news, suggesting that, in business, ethics and profit are incompatible pursuits. Yet...


The Economists' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More

by Aaron S. Edlin & Joseph E. Stiglitz Columbia University Press (June 05, 2012)

The Economists’ Voice: Top Economists Take On Today’s Problems featured a core collection of accessible, timely essays on the challenges facing today’s global markets and financial institutions. The Economists’...


Global Corporate Governance

by Donald H. Chew & Stuart L. Gillan Columbia University Press (August 01, 2009)

Effective corporate governance, or the set of controls and incentives that drive top management, originates both outside and inside the firm and assures investors who hope to commit their capital. Essential...


Humanity's Footprint: Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment

by Walter K Dodds Columbia University Press (February 06, 2008)

For the first time in history, humans have exceeded the sustaining capacity of Earth's global ecosystems. Our expanding footprint has tremendous momentum, and the insidious explosion of human impact creates...