If you are interested in learning more about Land Economy, consider exploring some of the following books:

Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World

Allan Hutchinson

What about Law: Studying Law at University

Catherine Barnard, Janet O'Sullivan and Graham Virgo

Economics of Social Problems

Julian Le Grand and Carol Propper

The Undercover Economist

Tim Harford

Feral: rewilding the land, sea, and human life

George Monbiot

Triumph of the City

Edward Glaeser

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880

Peter Hall

Why nations fail: The origins of power, prosperity, and poverty

Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson 

Further Reading

If you are starting the Land Economy course in the autumn, you may also be interested in our Long Vacation Preparatory Reading List.


The following reading list is designed to provide some information about the scope and content of Papers 1 to 4 of the Land Economy Tripos. It is not intended as a replacement to the detailed reading lists associated to individual lectures which are provided to students when they begin the course.

Long vacation preparatory reading list

Paper 1: Economics I & II
Pressman, S. 

Fifty major economists
Routledge, 2013

Acemoglu, D., Laibson, D., List, J. 

Pearson, 2014

Particularly useful for those with no economics background

Blanchard, M.O.J., Rogoff, M.K. and Rajan, R. 

Progress and confusion: the state of macroeconomic policy
MIT Press, 2016

Paper 2: The Public Sector: Institutional and Legal Frameworks
Loughlin, M.                                        

The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction
OUP Oxford, 2nd edition, 2013

Galligan, D. The Constitution in Crisis: The New Putney Debates
I.B.Tauris, 2017
Paper 3: Quantitative and Legal Methods for Land Economists
Chiang, A.C. and Wainwright, K. Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics.
McGraw Hill, 4th edition, 2005                                          
Lind, D.A, Marchal, W.G. and Wathen, S.A. Statistical Techniques in Business and Economics.
McGraw Hill, 15th edition, 2011
Spiegel, M. R. Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Statistics.
McGraw Hill, 4th edition, 2007
Twining, W. and D. Miers, D.

How to do things with rules
Chapter 1
Cambridge University Press, 5th edition, 2012

Paper 4: Land Economy, Development and Sustainability
Jacobs, J.                         

The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Any edition                                                                 

Glaeser, E.

Triumph of the City
Macmillan, any edition

Hall, P.

Cities of Tomorrow
Any edition

Le Grand, J., Propper, C. and Smith, S.

The Economics of Social Problems
Palgrave Macmillan, 4th edition, 2008