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  • Published: 17 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9781847943385
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $45.00

Can't We Just Print More Money?

Economics in Ten Simple Questions

An accessible guide to how economics defines all of our lives - the first ever book from the Bank of England.

What is economics?
How can it help explain the world?
And why should we care?

Our world is shaped by economics. Whether you're buying a loaf of bread, looking for a job, or applying for a mortgage, the thing we call 'the economy' is going to set the terms. A shame, then, that most of us have no idea what the economy actually is.

That's where this book comes in. The Bank of England is Britain's most venerable financial institution, responsible for printing money, setting the rate of interest and regulating the economy. Now, the team at the Bank take you inside their hallowed halls to outline precisely what economics can - and can't - tell us about the world.

Organised around the ten key questions any budding economist should be able to answer, this primer takes you from the basics - what economics actually is, and the laws of supply and demand - before moving onto how economics defines all of our lives: through growth and inflation, trade and recessions, taxes and spending. Along the way, it offers vivid examples of econ in action: not only in the City of London, but also in office canteens, on factory floors, even on Love Island . . .

Witty, absorbing and eminently accessible, this bookis your one-stop guide to the economic universe we all inhabit.

  • Published: 17 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9781847943385
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Rupal Patel and Jack Meaning

Rupal Patel and Jack Meaning are economists at The Bank of England, the UK's central bank. One of the most important institutions in British public life, the Bank is responsible for overseeing the UK money supply, regulating financial bodies, and setting interest rates. Founded in 1694, it formed the model for most modern central banks around the world.

Praise for Can't We Just Print More Money?

A great place to start your economic journey. With the Bank of England as your guide, this accessible book shows how economics affects so many aspects of our daily lives.

Dr Linda Yueh, author of THE GREAT ECONOMISTS

Economics affects every aspect of our lives, but it can often seem like an inaccessible, off-puttingly jargon-laden subject. This is the guide you need! An entertaining and essential read at a time when understanding how our money, governments and banks interact has never felt more important.

Laura Whateley, author of MONEY: A USER'S GUIDE

A well-written treat . . . Using examples including the Bank of England canteen, The Simpsons and Beanie Babies, the authors encourage us all to understand, and even challenge, what economists do.

Professor David Spiegelhalter, author of THE ART OF STATISTICS

An enjoyable introduction to the so-called dismal science . . . Patel and Meaning have done an admirable job in simplifying and popularising some of the key elements of their subject.

The Times

A well-timed attempt to show the public what goes on inside the Bank of England - and familiarise them with some basic economic concepts . . . Punctuated with jaunty anecdotes and neat examples.


A very readable guide to economics . . . contains some great facts . . . Entertaining.

Daily Mail

A good introduction to concepts such as inflation, quantitative easing, supply and globalisation.

New Statesman

If you feel you should understand how economists think but have no idea where to start, this book is the answer . . . The Bank should be congratulated on this effort at education. Buy this book for the inquiring person, young, old or in between.

Martin Wolf, Summer Books, Financial Times

The authors want to inspire a new generation of economists, both at school level and among older students . . . If Patel and Meaning could help turn that tide, they will have performed a great public service.

Alex Brummer, Daily Mail

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