What are the best articles and books that thoughtfully look back and analyze the financial crisis so far and its causes?
Are there good articles/books that explain in detail the economics concept of fundamental demand vs. speculative demand, and how one might distinguish one from the other? What is the basis of this distinction in the economics literature and which famous economists, living or dead, talk about it (and in which of their works)?
What are the best "grand theory" books and essays purporting to explain generally how the world works - at the macro, economic/political/historical/sociological/foreign policy scale - written in or after the 20th century?
Are there any statistics on what portion of the US GDP is now and historically (over the past 100 or 200 years) has been spent on luxury goods? I'll refrain from defining that term and hope that any studies referenced will do the work for me. Any international comparisons would be greatly appreciated as well.
A house with 7 rooms of varying quality is being split between 7 college students. The rent is a fixed amount. The students place differeng importance on the value of their money vs. the size of the rooms they will get. What is the best method of allocating the rooms so that everyone is optimally happy? [more inside]