Never mind about chess and economics, just read Ken Rogoff's economics. I strongly recommend his recent masterpiece, This Time Is Different
, a truly brilliant analysis of the current global crisishttp://amzn.to/z7M8ve
The book is a survey of financial crises back to the 13th century, supported by immaculate and lucid datasets. If all this sounds like hard work, fear not. The book is written for the intelligent layperson, yet is completely free of the condescending populism of many other (American) books on this subject. I cannot recommend it too highly for anyone who would like to understand why we are where we are just now, economically.
And while I'm on the subject, another recently published masterpiece on economics is Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, fast and slowhttp://amzn.to/xO5X1k
You might imagine, given the title, that this book might have some bearing on chess. Indeed it does: chess gets plenty of mentions, as you'd expect in a book on skill development, choices and decision-making. A readable and accessible book, although a little tough-going in places