Author of Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters
Many people—many otherwise intelligent people—struggle to understand even the basics of economics. They simply don't “get” it. For them, for all of us, there’s Charles Wheelan, the breezy opposite of your typical droning economist. “Economics should not be accessible only to the experts. The ideas are too important and too interesting.” In all of his work, he shows us how to apply economics to solve real world problems. Wheelan has a flair for turning the so-called dismal science into affecting, comprehensible prose. Nowhere is this more evident than in his classic book, Naked Economics, an accessible and entertaining introduction to economics for lay readers.
In his new book Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters, Wheelan tours the bizarre world of modern finance, exploring how the challenges of new innovations like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will drive the future evolution of the global financial system. In Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, he strips away arcane and technical details to get at the underlying intuition that is so key to understanding the power of statistical concepts. The Centrist Manifesto is a call for a new political party, as Wheelan outlines and predicts at least five Centrist leaders emerging in New England, the Midwest, and elsewhere.
Naked Statistics Meets Big Data: Stripping the Dread from the Data
"Data are to statistics what a good offensive line is to a star quarterback." Everyone’s talking about big data. But what we should focus on, instead, is statistics. Data is like a resource—a raw fuel that is abundant, but formless. It’s just there. Statistics are what allow us to turn data into intelligence, into pragmatic action in government, the corporate world, science, innovation, education. Without this interpretive filter, we are left asking bad questions, which leads to bigger bad answers. In this talk, Charles Wheelan turns data on its head, makes it comprehensible, and—with humor and real world examples—shows you how to turn this suddenly “sexy” concept into something actually, and endlessly, useful. His case studies are relatable and resonant: How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? Why is autism on the rise? How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized testing? How can we become more effective marketers? These are just a handful of examples. He also customizes for various industries, pulling out the newest and most illuminating intelligence. In the end, you’ll come to see how you can exploit the valuable data all around you to solve your thorniest problems. Wheelan’s keynote is witty, fast-moving, and essential—it’s one of the most useful statistics and big data talk you’ll hear. Also, the most fun!
Economic Priorities for the Country
We are facing a seismic shift in the economic future of the industrialized world, and U.S. leaders will have to blaze a near-perfect direction of economic oversight, including crucial moves with taxes, stimulus programs, regulation and increased government involvement in key financial industries. Find out what these moves are, how they affect your industry, and what the future holds in store, economically, in this fascinating talk.
What the Heck is Going On?
In this talk, Charles Wheelan reveals how a series of events led to the economic crisis we face today--and how to avoid them in the future. Also: now that we are in this mess, how, practically, can we get out of it? What, specifically, does your industry need to know to weather this financial crisis, and how do you come out the other side, robust and profitable once again?
Naked Trends: What Can Basic Economics Tell Us About The Future
"I've never liked how economics is taught-- too dry, too, mathematical, too detached from the real world." On stage, Wheelan offers a corrective. He speaks with humor, clarity, and insight; makes inspired pop culture allusions; and possesses a rare gift for making the tough economic concepts and trends not only understandable, but also fun and empowering. Wheelan addresses timely issues-- such as outsourcing, and rocketing gas prices-- showing how individuals, companies, and communities are likely to be affected. An agile presenter, he is available to speak with you beforehand to hone in on a specific topic, such as health care or regional development.
Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Insights Into The Public Policy Process
Why can't the folks in Washington "just do the right thing"? Why is it so hard to "make the world a better place"? With two decades of public policy experience, Wheelan shows you why running a community or a nation is not like running a business, why healthy public policy is important, and how to realistically achieve it.
Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What it Is and Why It Matters
The best-selling Naked series tackles the weird world of money.
Consider the $20 bill.
It has no more value, as a simple slip of paper, than Monopoly money. Yet even children recognize that tearing one into small pieces is an act of inconceivable stupidity. What makes a $20 bill actually worth twenty dollars? In the third volume of his best-selling Naked series, Charles Wheelan uses this seemingly simple question to open the door to the surprisingly colorful world of money and banking.
The search for an answer triggers countless other questions along the way: Why does paper money (“fiat currency” if you want to be fancy) even exist? And why do some nations, like Zimbabwe in the 1990s, print so much of it that it becomes more valuable as toilet paper than as currency? How do central banks use the power of money creation to stop financial crises? Why does most of Europe share a common currency, and why has that arrangement caused so much trouble? And will payment apps, bitcoin, or other new technologies render all of this moot?
In Naked Money, Wheelan tackles all of the above and more, showing us how our banking and monetary systems should work in ideal situations and revealing the havoc and suffering caused in real situations by inflation, deflation, illiquidity, and other monetary effects. Throughout, Wheelan’s uniquely bright-eyed, whimsical style brings levity and clarity to a subject often devoid of both. With illuminating stories from Argentina, Zimbabwe, North Korea, America, China, and elsewhere around the globe, Wheelan demystifies the curious world behind the paper in our wallets and the digits in our bank accounts.
Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
The field of statistics is rapidly transforming into a discipline that Hal Varian at Google has called "sexy". And with good reason - from batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research - the real-world application of statistics is growing by leaps and bounds. In Naked Statistics, Charles Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details to get at the underlying intuition that is key to understanding the power of statistical concepts. Tackling a wide-ranging set of problems, he demonstrates how statistics can be used to look at questions that are important and relevant to us today. With the trademark wit, accessibility and fun that made Naked Economics a bestseller, Wheelan brings another essential discipline to life with a one-in-a-million statistics book that you will read for pleasure.
The Centrist Manifesto
A vision—and detailed road map to power—for a new party that will champion America’s rational center.
From debt ceiling standoffs to single-digit Congress approval ratings, America’s political system has never been more polarized—or paralyzed—than it is today. As best-selling author and public policy expert Charles Wheelan writes, now is the time for a pragmatic Centrist party that will identify and embrace the best Democratic and Republican ideals, moving us forward on the most urgent issues for our nation.
Wheelan—who not only lectures on public policy but practices it as well (he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2009)—brings even more than his usual wit and clarity of vision to The Centrist Manifesto. He outlines a realistic ground game that could net at least five Centrist senators from New England, the Midwest, and elsewhere. With the power to deny a red or blue Senate majority, committed Centrists could take the first step toward giving voice and power to America’s largest, and most rational, voting bloc: the center.
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science
Finally! A book about economics that won't put you to sleep. In fact, you won't be able to put this bestseller down. In our challenging economic climate, this perennial favorite of students and general readers is more than a good read, it's a necessary investment—with a blessedly sure rate of return. Demystifying buzzwords, laying bare the truths behind oft-quoted numbers, and answering the questions you were always too embarrassed to ask, the breezy Naked Economics gives readers the tools they need to engage with pleasure and confidence in the deeply relevant, not so dismal science.
10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said
Modeled on Charles Wheelan's 2011 Class Day Speech at Dartmouth College, this collection of refreshingly honest advice and observations is the antidote to those cotton-candy platitudes that are all too familiar to anyone who's ever worn a mortarboard. Armed with a PhD in public policy, many years of experience in social science research, and—perhaps most important—good-natured humor, Wheelan offers up 10½ head-turning aphorisms on happiness and success that anyone staring down the barrel of graduation needs to hear but probably hasn't heard yet. Celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner adds a touch of whimsy with his irreverent illustrations sprinkled throughout.