Book Bits | 22 July 2017

Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing
By Josh Ryan-Collins, et al.
Summary via publisher (Zed Books)
Why are house prices in many advanced economies rising faster than incomes? Why isn’t land and location taught or seen as important in modern economics? What is the relationship between the financial system and land? In this accessible but provocative guide to the economics of land and housing, the authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies – including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities – are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required.

Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong
By Yukon Huang
Summary via publisher (Oxford University Press)
China’s rise is altering global power relations, reshaping economic debates, and commanding tremendous public attention. Despite extensive media and academic scrutiny, the conventional wisdom about China’s economy is often wrong. Cracking the China Conundrum provides a holistic and contrarian view of China’s major economic, political, and foreign policy issues.

Trading with Ichimoku: A practical guide to low-risk Ichimoku strategies
By Karen Péloille
Summary via publisher (Harriman House)
The Ichimoku Kinko Hyo trading indicator is an information-rich and extremely reliable tool that can be employed across all time frames. Once you have learned the subtleties of the method and understand its unique system of validating price movements, it will improve your trading. Trading with Ichimoku is a practical handbook explaining the different elements of the Ichimoku system of chart reading, from the description of each of its five lines to their interpretation within a wider process of trading analysis. You will rapidly conclude that even though there are only five lines to look at on Ichimoku charts, the information given is more than enough to achieve a detailed and broad view of market and what the price action reveals.

The Essentials of Data Science: Knowledge Discovery Using R
By Graham J. Williams
Summary via publisher (CRC Press)
The Essentials of Data Science: Knowledge Discovery Using R presents the concepts of data science through a hands-on approach using free and open source software. It systematically drives an accessible journey through data analysis and machine learning to discover and share knowledge from data. Building on over 30 years’ experience in teaching and practising data science, the author encourages a programming-by-example approach to ensure students and practitioners attune to the practise of data science while building their data skills. Proven frameworks are provided as reusable templates. Real world case studies then provide insight for the data scientist to swiftly adapt the templates to new tasks and datasets.

Unveiling the North Korean Economy: Collapse and Transition
By Byung-Yeon Kim
Summary via publisher (Cambridge University Press)
North Korea is one of the most closed and secretive societies in the world. Despite a high level of interest from the outside world, we have very little detailed information about how the country functions economically. In this valuable book for both the academic and policy-making circles, Byung-Yeon Kim offers the most comprehensive and systematic analysis of the present day North Korean economy in the context of economic systems and transition economics. It addresses what is really happening in the North Korean economy, why it has previously failed, and how the country can make the transition to a market economy. It takes advantage not only of carefully reconstructed macro data but also rich, new data at the micro level, such as quantitative surveys of North Korean refugees settled in South Korea, and the surveys of Chinese companies that interact heavily with North Korea.