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PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS continues to be the most popular and widely used text in the economics classroom. The fifth edition features a strong revision of content in all 36 chapters while maintaining the clear, accessible writing style and precise presentation that are the hallmarks of this highly respected author. Dozens of new applications emphasize the real-world relevance of economics for today's students through interesting news articles, realistic case studies, and engaging problems. The new edition also features an expanded instructor's resource package designed to assist in course planning and classroom presentation, as well as full integration of content with Aplia. I have tried to put myself in the position of someone seeing economics for the first time. My goal is to emphasize the material that students should and do find interesting about the study of the economy.--N. Gregory Mankiw. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
From the authors:See the Invisible Hand. Understand Your World. That's the tagline of Modern Principles and our teaching philosophy. Nobel laureate Vernon Smith put it this way: At the heart of economics is a scientific mystery… a scientific mystery as deep, fundamental and inspiring as that of the expanding universe or the forces that bind matter… How is order produced from freedom of choice? We want students to be inspired by this mystery and by how economists have begun to solve it. Thus, we show how markets interconnect and respond in surprising ways to changes in resources and preferences. Consider, for example, how markets respond to a reduction in the supply of oil. Of course, the price of oil increases giving consumers an incentive to use less and suppliers an incentive to discover more. But an increase in the price of oil also encourages Brazilian sugar cane farmers to devote more of their production to ethanol and less to sugar thereby driving up the price of sugar. An increase in the price of sugar means a reduction in the quantity of candy demanded. So one way the market responds to a reduction in the supply of oil is by encouraging consumers to eat less candy! In analyses like this, we teach students to see the invisible hand and in so doing to understand their world. Similarly, we offer a unique and simple proof of the amazing invisible hand theorem that without any central direction competitive markets allocate production across firms in a way that minimizes aggregate costs! To understand their world students must understand when self-interest promotes the social interest and when it does not. Thus, Modern Principles has in-depth analyses of externalities, public goods, and ethical issues with market incomes and trade. Moreover, we always discuss economic theory in the context of real world problems such as the decline of the ocean fisheries, climate change, and the shortage of human organs for transplant.
An accessible introduction to the theory and practice of economicx with an Irish and European dimension. A revised and updated euro edition, written specifically for the Irish student market, this edition is suitable for those taking economics at degree, diploma or certificate level. Provides the student reader with a solid theoretical grounding in both micro- and macroeconomics. Contains two new chapters: 'Micro Economic Policy Issues in Ireland' which examines issues such as privatisation, competition and deregulation; and 'Economic Growth and the Irish Economy' which looks at the phenomenal growth of the 'Celtic Tiger'. Current, topical European issues included such as the EMU, the ECB and the euro. New case studies used throughout, which aid students when applying economic theory to real-life situations. Includes a complete set of questions at the end of each chapter. An accompanying website contains solutions to all end-of-chapter questions as well as acetates and weblinks which can be downloaded by lecturers.