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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


A Fresh Start

ISBN 9783662522493
Publication Date September 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Springer

The world has changed dramatically in recent years and so has the field of economics, but many introductory economics textbooks have remained stuck in the past. This book provides a new beginning for the study of microeconomics, emphasizing current debates and research trends. It is international in outlook and reflects the shift toward empirical methods, as well as the study of institutions and economic behavior. It is also written to fit in with an approach to teaching based on active learning and critical thinking. Mainstream material is still covered, but within a new context, making it more relevant, realistic and responsive to the deeper questions economists are now asking about theory and policy. Economics as a discipline is viewed from a broad perspective that takes into account new developments at the intersections with psychology, political science, the natural sciences and philosophy. Economics as presented in this text is less sure that it has all the answers, but it is more interesting, application-oriented and open to new ideas.

Peter Dorman is a professor of economics at Evergreen State College. He has published extensively on a range of economic topics including occupational safety and health, child labor, environmental policy, international trade theory and economic methodology.

Part I: Foundations
1 Economics and the Economy
2 Economics Yesterday and Today
3 Four Building Blocks of Economic Theory
4 Values and Objectives
5 Analyzing Markets
6 Markets and Human Well-Being. Appendix: Markets and Freedom.-7 Markets
8 Firms
9 Government
10 Civil Society
Part III: A Closer Look at Markets
11 The Theory of Demand. Appendix: Indifference Curves
12 Production Costs and the Theory of Supply
13 Monopoly Power
14 The Economics of Bargaining Power
15 Market Failure
Part IV: Microeconomic Challenges
16 Labor and Employment
17 Financial Markets
18 Inequality. Appendix: Theories of Distributive Justice
19 Poverty
20 Economics and Ecology
21 Markets as Systems


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