In this book, Simon Bowmaker offers a remarkable collection of conversations with leading economists about research in economics. He has selected a broad sample of the great economists of our time, including people whose perspective span most of the major subdivisions of economics research, from micro to macro, from theoretical to empirical, from rationalist to behavioral.

- From the foreword by Roger B. Myerson, University of Chicago, USA and 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics 

"Everyone remembers their favourite teacher.  The testimonies recorded here provide a great insight into the minds of some of the most popular and successful to have graced a lecture hall.  The range of styles is wide, but the theme of inspiration is common to all.  This book will be of tremendous interest to any aspiring teacher.  It will also appeal to anyone that wonders why their inspiration to understand economics still burns brightly so many years after their last lecture." 

- Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England

"If you thought you could hide your secrets from the prying eyes of economists, think again. From sex to drugs to gambling to crime, this book will show you how the tools of economics can be used to understand just about any human behavior. This book will assuredly be the unofficial economist’s guide to vice for the foreseeable future.

–Steven Levitt, University of Chicago and author of Freakonomics