Of course students will have text books to work on for their course but I think it may be helpful also to read other stuff that is lighter and more friendly.
"Pop" economics books There are now quite a few of these around. Here are details of four of my favourites.
1 Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
2 The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
3 The Logic of Life by Tim Harford
4 The Economic Naturalist – Why Economics Explains Almost Everything by Robert H Frank
There are also two very good economics comic books by Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman
The Cartoon Introduction to Economics – Volume 1 Microeconomics
2 The Cartoon Introduction to Economics – Volume 2 Macroeconomics
Yoram Bauman is also known as the World’s Only Stand-Up economist!
You really can learn quite a lot of economics from these books.
Blogs You might also want to keep up to date by reading economic and business blogs. Here are some of my favourites
1 Stephanomics – the blog of the BBC’s Economics Editors, Stephanie Flanders
2 Robert Peston – the blog of the BBC’s Business Editor (usually first on breaking finance and banking stories)
3 Gavin Davies - FT blogger on macroeconomics, economic policy making and financial markets
4 Martin Wolf - chief economics commentator at the FT
5 Economists’ Forum - guest blog contributors at the FT
6 Tim Harford – The Undercover economist - author, FT columnist and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s “More or Less” programme
7 Free exchange – a blog at The Economist magazine
8 Not the Treasury View – blog of Jonathan Portes of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research
9 Economix – New York Times economics blog
10 The Conscience of a Liberal – Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman at the New York Times
11 Freakonomics – Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
12 Marginal Revolution - Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok
So good luck to all aspiring young economists. There is plenty of work for you to do!