Reinventing The Bazaar. Study Notes by Zhipeng Yan. – 1 -. Reinventing The Bazaar – A Natural History of Markets. John McMillian. Chapter 1 The Only Natural. Reinventing the Bazaar has ratings and 47 reviews. Kafka said: My review is divided into (two) parts: Abstract and Reaction (e/ part words lo. With information “poor, scarce, maldistributed and inefficiently communicated, it is buyer beware,” says John McMillan, an economics professor.

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McMillan’s main point is that markets are tools; and like all tools, they can have better and poorer designs, and can be used well or less well to achieve their end. I found this book easy to read, very interesting, and informative about issues of economic market design. He describes how markets can sometimes be reworked to address injustices and solve social problems.

I think there are stil I would definitely recommend this as an alternative to Wheelan’s Naked Economics. Every time he talked of market failure either from externalities, informational asymmetries, etc.

Markets generate value through trade, i. As it is, the book feels scattered, and McMillan’s tone is by turns condescending and frustratingly abstruse. If not for the underlying message, at least for the examples.

Reinventing the Bazaar

When someone wants to get just a basic useful knowledge of economics it’s not always appropriate to read textbooks. Pretty good introductory book on the pros and cons of market behavior and it provides a variety of real life examples to understand how mcmillqn operate in a variety of situations. McMillan looks at a wide variety of industries—including interstate trucking and fishery management—and lays out the elements he regards as necessary for a smoothly operating market.

I thought this one was it. I wish that McMillan were still alive today. This is a balanced, fact-based analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of markets, and the role of government in overseeing them. It succeeds very well. And then you reach the last chapter and he treats libertarianism as if it were the same thing as anarcho-capitalism.


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How important are they? This ahistorical account of markets had a little bit of a misnomer for the second half of its title, and may be better called, Reinventing the Bazaar: NZ already had them — however, their state price controls caused distortions that required shock therapy, despite the societal pain.

Rather, they are powerful if imperfect tools, the best we’ve found for improving our rreinventing standards. Pushkar, India is home to the largest camel fair in the world. There is absolutely no chronology to the book, so prepare to be jerked between centuries so McMillan can prove his point.

Like too mmcmillan economists, he sees growth as an imperative, and no thoughts about ecology or sustainable natural resource use interrupt this. Information Wants to Be Free. This book explains what markets require, what the government can do to help markets, and circumstances when markets just don’t work and alternatives are needed.

It is very easy to read, and probably should be made a required reading for all our policy makers. Cutthroat pricing can hardly be good for competition, as it may cause markets to fall into the trap of Gresham’s law Innovating economic organization can be as productive as technological innovations A New Era of Competition.

Jan 06, Patrick Werkmeister rated it it was amazing. I keep looking for a great economics books. An illuminating chapter comparing the deregulation and privatization experiences of New Zealand, Russia and China will leave readers wishing that McMillan had concentrated on just a few examples to establish in-depth his primary points: What the book came close to saying, but eventually didn’t say it was, “Markets are not evil, it’s the implementation of markets above the existing system that makes people falter.

Where we come down in the middle must be determined by core values but, more importantly, also by the facts. I would definitely recommend this as an alternative to Wheelan’s Naked Economics. Price-fixing also cuts into productivity by preventing the price system from doing its job of allocating resources.


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It succeeds because, precisely as in Forster’s view of democracy, it admits variety and permits criticism. It has long been a prevalent misconception in editorial circles of popular science books that every equation cuts down the potential readership in half, and it appears that the thinking is spreading mmcillan the economic sphere as well. Thus, market participants can substitute or complement the legal system or lack thereof by developing their own self-enforcing mechanisms 61, China agricultural reformbut the law is often needed for transactions that require large upfront investments and for economic growth.

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Markets are not evil – they merely execute as designed, even if their inherent design is not apparent to us until we experience the outcome usually as a negative. The reinfenting economically developed countries are those with a government that works to intervene when needed to help markets because they rarely crop up on their own. It was, for about pages.

Refresh and try again. I would like to see someone with McMillan’s sensibilities write a book on defining bazaaar proper role of government which would probably include a little bit of redistribution and how to keep it from extending too far after being granted so much power.

The author combines elements of ethnography with economic analysis. The decentralization of markets are the source of its dynamism 7as participants use local knowledge and make adaptations and innovations through trial and error to optimize efficiency. It’s a reiventing for everyone, rather than businessmen, economists or for some VIP.

And I strongly disliked his tendency to regard people as consumers first and citizens second.