Understanding Economics, International Edition 14e
ISBN-13: 9781111971595 / ISBN-10: 1111971595
UNDERSTANDING ECONOMICS, 14E, International Edition reflects current economic conditions, enabling students to apply economic concepts to the world around them. The up-to-date text includes analysis and explanation of measures of economic activity in today's market. It also includes highlights of the recession of 2008-2009, and an in-depth look at the lives and contributions of notable economists. UNDERSTANDING ECONOMICS, 14E, International Edition dispels common economic myths. The text uses the "invisible hand" metaphor to explain economic theory, demonstrating how it works to stimulate the economy.
PART I: THE ECONOMIC WAY OF THINKING.
1. The Economic Approach.
2. Some Tools of the Economist.
Part II: MARKETS AND GOVERNMENT.
3. Supply, Demand, and the Market Process.
4. Supply and Demand: Applications and Extensions.
5. Difficult Cases for the Market, and the Role of Government.
6. The Economics of Collective Decision Making.
Part III: CORE MACROECONOMICS.
7. Taking the Nation's Economic Pulse.
8. Economic Fluctuations, Unemployment, and Inflation.
9. An Introduction to Basic Macroeconomic Markets.
10. Dynamic Change, Economic Fluctuations, and the AD–AS Model.
11. Fiscal Policy: The Keynesian View and Historical Perspective.
12. Fiscal Policy: Incentives, and Secondary Effects.
13. Money and the Banking System.
14. Modern Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy.
15. Stabilization Policy, Output, and Employment.
16. Creating an Environment for Growth and Prosperity.
17. Institutions, Policies, and Cross-Country Differences in Income and Growth.
Part IV: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS.
18. Gaining from International Trade.
19. International Finance and the Foreign Exchange Market.
Part V: CORE MICROECONOMICS.
20. Consumer Choice and Elasticity.
21. Costs and the Supply of Goods.
22. Price Takers and the Competitive Process.
23. Price-Searcher Markets with Low Entry Barriers.
24. Price-Searcher Markets with High Entry Barriers.
25. The Supply of and Demand for Productive Resources.
26. Earnings, Productivity, and the Job Market.
27. Investment, the Capital Market, and the Wealth of Nations.
28. Income Inequality and Poverty.
Part VI: APPLYING THE BASICS: SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS.
Special Topic 1 Government Spending and Taxation.
Special Topic 2 The Internet: How Is It Changing the Economy?
Special Topic 3 The Economics of Social Security.
Special Topic 4 The Stock Market: Its Function, Performance, and Potential as an Investment Opportunity.
Special Topic 5 The Crisis of 2008: Causes and Lessons for the Future.
Special Topic 6 Lessons from the Great Depression.
Special Topic 7 Lessons from the Japanese Experience.
Special Topic 8 The Federal Budget and the National Debt.
Special Topic 9 The Economics of Health Care.
Special Topic 10 School Choice: Can It Improve the Quality of Education in America?
Special Topic 11 Earnings Differences between Men and Women.
Special Topic 12 Do Labor Unions Increase the Wages of Workers?
Special Topic 13 Are We Running Out of Resources?
Special Topic 14 Difficult Environmental Cases and the Role of Government.
Appendix A General Business and Economics Indicators for the United States.
Appendix B Answers to Selected Critical Analysis Questions.
Russell S. Sobel
Russell S. Sobel is Professor of Economics and holder of the James Clark Coffman Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at West Virginia University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University in 1994. He has published over 150 books and articles, and has received national recognition for his works on Entrepreneurship and FEMA reform. Sobel was the founding Director of the West Virginia University Entrepreneurship Center, and he serves on the advisory boards of four major professional and academic organizations. He has received numerous awards for both his teaching and research. He regularly teaches courses in both principles of economics and public economics, and gives lectures at economic education outreach programs.
James D. Gwartney
James D. Gwartney holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. His writings have been widely published in both professional journals and popular media. He is the co-author of Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin's Press, 2005), a primer on economics and personal finance. Gwartney's current research focuses on the measurement and determination of factors that influence cross-country differences in income levels and growth rates. In this regard he is the coauthor (with Robert Lawson) of the annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, which provides information on the institutions and policies of 141 countries. This data set, published by a worldwide network of institutes in 79 countries, is widely used by scholars investigating topics ranging from economic growth to peaceful relations among nations. He served as Chief Economist of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress during 1999-2000. Gwartney was invited by the incoming Putin Administration in March 2000 to make presentations and have discussions with leading Russian economists concerning the future of the Russian economy. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Adam Smith Award of the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his contribution to the advancement of free market ideals. He is a past President of the Southern Economic Association and the Association for Private Enterprise Education. Gwartney earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.
Richard L. Stroup
Richard L. Stroup is Professor of Economics Emeritus at Montana State University, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and a Visiting Professor in Economics at North Carolina State University. For the three years before his retirement from Montana State University, he served as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics & Economics. Professor Stroup, who has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, was one of the originators of the New Resource Economics, the academic approach popularly known as free market environmentalism. He also served as director of the Office of Policy Analysis in the U.S. Department of the Interior and has been published widely in professional journals and popular publications. He is author or contributing editor of numerous books on the economics of resources and the environment and the author of Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Economics and the Environment (Cato Institute). Most recently he co-authored Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin's Press, 2005) with James Gwartney and Dwight Lee. Stroup has lectured throughout the United States and abroad to professional and general audiences. He also is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute.
David A. Macpherson
David A. Macpherson is the E.M. Stevens Distinguished Professor of Economics at Trinity University. Previously, he was Director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and the Rod and Hope Brim Eminent Scholar of Economics at Florida State University, where he has received two university-wide awards for teaching excellence. Professor Macpherson is the author of many articles in leading labor economics and industrial relations journals, including the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He is also coauthor of Contemporary Labor Economics, 9th, as well as the annual Union Membership and Earnings Data Book: Compilations from the Current Population Survey. His specialty is applied labor economics. His current research interests include pensions, discrimination, labor unions, and the minimum wage. Macpherson received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.