Reviews from 2015 and 2016


A Review of Who Gets What - And Why

By Justin Shaw
Marketing and Business Administration
Reviewed October 12, 2016

Alvin E. Roth is the Cupid of economics in his book Who Gets What - And Why. Scientific validity has always plagued economics, and Roth seeks to quantify the scientific value of economics in a particular market he excels at; matchmaking. Roth does an excellent job describing what makes markets function well, what hinders them, and how market design matters, all while creating an interesting read. Click here to read more...

A Review of For the Least of These

By Nicole Nobbs

Sophomore Business Management and Marketing Major
Reviewed Sept. 12. 2016


What is poverty? Who are the poor? As Christians, how do we alleviate poverty in a biblical way that grows a country’s economy instead of tearing it apart? These questions and more comprise the pages of For the Least of These edited by Anne Bradley and Art Lindsley. In this accumulation of articles varying from who the poor are to how markets and justice work together, Bradley and Lindsley attempt to create a biblical understanding of how to handle those who have fallen below the poverty line. They discuss the issues at the core of poverty and how, through ethical business practices, people can alleviate these problems. Click here to read more...



A Review of Models, Behaving, Badly.


By Justin Shaw

​Sophomore Marketing and Business Administration Major
Reviewed Sept. 8, 2016

The word economist conjures to mind one of two things: either the image of a Wall Street financial advisor confidently plugging numbers into a formula, or a philosophical economist lecturing on why economics is not a science. Emanuel Derman addresses both of these stereotypes in his book Models. Behaving. Badly. Derman takes a middling approach to the age-old question of how to deal with mathematical models in economics. Click here to read more...

A Review of Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing by Chris Horst and Peter Greer

By: Janessa Dyk
Senior Business Major from Portland, Oregon
Reviewed June 30, 2016

Many times people glorify non-profit organizations. They believe that they are the key to solving many social problems that societies face. Chris Horst and Peter Greer in their book, "Entrepreneurship and Human Flourishing" argue that business and entrepreneurship is the key to solve many of the problems associated with poverty. This is seen through the benefits of entrepreneurship on sustainability, happiness, and efficiency. Click here to read more...

A Review of The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse

By: Brittany Leber
Alum Business Administration Major from Lake Stevens, Washington
Reviewed May 27, 2016

In The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse, Mohamed  El-Elrian explains that the economy is rapidly approaching a T-junction. One path leads to another economic downfall, possibly worse than ever before. The other path, if his understandings and suggestions are faithfully applied, will lead to balance and stability. Perhaps this is a bit of an overstatement, however El-Elrian’s observations are made with an immutable confidence.Click here to read more...

A Review of Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

By Andy Yue
Senior Economics Major from Zeng Zhou, China
Reviewed December 18, 2015

As the title of the book suggests, the center focus of this book is behavioral economics. The author, Richard H. Thaler, is a professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. As one of the major contributors to the establishment of what we known today as behavioral economics, Thaler wrote this book to record his own journey of exploring behavioral economics as well as to suggest to his readers that the “behavioral approach” is a better way of doing economics compares to the conventional “rational approach”. Thaler’s book is both historical and educational, informative and argumentative. Click here to read more...

Art in America: A Review of Curtains? The Future of Arts in America

By Brit McCarty
Junior Graphic Design major from Hood River, Oregon
Reviewed December 16, 2015

Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America, written by Michael M. Kaiser, discusses the past, current and future of the arts including, ballet, opera, symphonies and museums. Kaiser discusses how art used to be much more prevalent than it is today. It begins talking about how most industries have a way to consistently gain revenue. By simply increasing productivity, companies can make their product cheaper. He states that, “those of us in the arts, however, have a difficult time improving worker productivity. Musicians do not play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony faster every year, nor are any fewer dancers required to perform Serenade than when George Balanchine first created it” (Kaiser, 4). So how do artistic companies gain revenue? Tickets sales are a large source for revenue for these companies, but if people opt to stay home, then the company cannot make as much money. If this happens then the dancers or musicians may not get paid as much, starting a potentially dangerous cycle. Click here to read more...      

The Suffering of America's Young: A Review of Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America's Young by Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer

By Lauren Diaz
Senior Marketing Major from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Updated August 17, 2015

Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America’s Young by Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer is a sickeningly realistic explanation of the disastrous effects that  current regulations, policies, and entitlement programs have on the younger generations. To support the arguments, Furchtgott-Roth uses insight gained while serving as the Chief Economist of the United States Department of Labor from 2003 to 2005 and chief of staff of President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers from 2001 to 2002 Furchtgott-Roth and Meyer take the reader through the issues of Medicare and Social Security, the problems that most young people face with college debt, and finally the difficulties in the labor market that licensing requirements present. With due acknowledgement to the difficulty and unlikelihood of these issues actually being dealt with appropriately, the authors end with a very faint glimmer of hope as they explain specific solutions needed to reverse the paths of these challenges. Click here to read more...