UC Berkeley economists contribute to just-released ‘Occupy Handbook’

“The Occupy Handbook,” a new publication examining the factors contributing to the Occupy Wall Street movement – as well as where it stands now and where it goes next – contains contributions by leading economic scholars, including UC Berkeley’s own economists Emmanuel Saez, Brad DeLong and Robert Reich. The book hit the bookstore shelves today (Tuesday, April 17).

Saez is well known for his work on income inequality; DeLong is an economic historian with one of the most popular blogs dealing with economics and politics; and Reich recently described himself in a blog post as “a class worrier” rather than a class warrior.

Other well-known economists who wrote for the book include Nobel Prize-winning Paul Krugman, Peter Diamond, Raghuram Rajan, Paul Volker, Robert Shiller, Tyler Cowan and Nouriel Roubini.  Additional contributors come from politics, journalism, financial reporting and other disciplines.

Bay Area writers who wrote essays for the book include Berkeley’s Michael Lewis, financial journalist and author of “Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (2011), “Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine ” (2010), and “Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity” (2008).  Environmental,  political and arts commentator Rebecca Solnit of San Francisco also wrote for the handbook.

Visit the book’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TheOccupyHandbook.