Making Economics Easily Digestible Ha-Joon Chang
Ha-Joon Chang presents economic ideas through the medium of food stories.
To explore economic theory, Chang uses the histories behind various food items from around the globe, how they are cooked and eaten, and what they mean to different cultures. In his book, Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World, he explains how chocolate offers insights into post-industrial knowledge economies, or how okra speaks to capitalism’s complicated relationship with freedom.
Chang joins us to discuss some of the arguments presented in his book, illustrated by culinary anecdotes. As he says, getting to grips with the economy is like learning to cook. If we understand it, we can manipulate and change it.
Buy Ha-Joon Chang’s Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World now from Bookshop.org.
Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world’s leading economists.
Mehreen Khan is the Economics Editor for The Times and a former Europe correspondent for the Financial Times in Brussels. She has written extensively about the European Union, the political economy of the eurozone, populist politics, climate policy, taxation and economics.
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