This overtly educational and easily accessible work uses short interviews to relay the dialogue between its various authors. The questions that the teachers ask (What is a market? What is globalisation? How do companies work? etc.) reflect the difficulties that upper secondary school pupils encounter when trying to understand contemporary economic issues.
The book is accompanied by colourful leaflets summarising the economists’ arguments. These leaflets are adapted from the wall graphics of the “The economy: crash, boom or transformation?” exhibition running at Cité des sciences in Paris until 5 January 2014, which makes this little book a very useful extension of the exhibition.
“This is neither a manual nor a theory paper - even less so a manifesto: it is designed as an introductory guide to the various aspects of economic science”
“This is neither a manual nor a theory paper - even less so a manifesto: it is designed as an introductory guide to the various aspects of economic science,” remarks Claudie Haigneré, chairperson of Universcience, in the book’s preface. “How does the economy work? What drives growth and causes crises? What are the main trends in economic thinking? The exhibition and its accompanying book will provide answers to a variety of questions such as these,” states Banque de France governor Christian Noyer in his contribution to the preface.
Authors of “Le B.A. BA de l’économie contemporaine”
- Augustin Landier, professor at the Toulouse School of Economics.
- Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, professor at the Paris School of Economics and Paris 1 University and deputy chair of the Conseil d’analyse économique (Economic analysis board - CAE).
- Philippe Askénazy, research director at the CNRS and the Paris School of Economics and deputy director of the Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications (Centre for applied economic research - CEPREMAP).
- Philippe Frémeaux, columnist at Alternatives Économiques and managing director of Institut pour le développement de l’information économique et sociale (Institute for the development of economic and social information - IDIES).
- Jean-Marc Daniel, economics professor at ESCP Europe, course director at École des mines and ENSAE.
- Pierre-Cyrille Hautcœur, director of studies and chairman of École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), professor at the Paris School of Economics.
Teachers of economics and social sciences and of economics and management:
- Igor Martinache
- Isabelle Delzant
- Bertrand Roudaut
- Pascal Ferry
- Pierre-Pascal Boulanger
- Zoubida Deraghla
A co-publication by Editions Le Pommier and Cité des sciences et de l’industrie
Published on 11 June 2013.