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One positive side-effect of the recent financial market meltdown that toppled giant, century-old institutions and cost millions their jobs is that it created a strong desire among many Americans to better understand how the U.S. economy functions. In TheLittle Book of Economics, Greg, Ip, one of the country's most recognized and respected economics ...

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AARP The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World

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Overview

AARP Digital Editions offer you practical tips, proven solutions, and expert guidance.

One positive side-effect of the recent financial market meltdown that toppled giant, century-old institutions and cost millions their jobs is that it created a strong desire among many Americans to better understand how the U.S. economy functions. In TheLittle Book of Economics, Greg, Ip, one of the country's most recognized and respected economics journalists, walks readers through how the economy really works.

Written for the inquisitive layman who doesn't want to plow through academic jargon and Greek letters or pore over charts and tables, The Little Book of Economics offers indispensible insight into how the American economy works – or, doesn't. With engaging and accessible prose, the book

  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of each aspect of our economy from inflation and unemployment to international trade and finance
  • Serves as an insider's guide to the people and institutions that control America's economy such as the Federal Reserve and the federal budget
  • Explains the roots of America's current economic crisis and the risks the country faces in its aftermath, such as stratospheric government debt, while offering advice on overcoming these threats
  • Walks readers through the basic concepts and terminology they need to understand economic news
  • Punctures myths and political spin from both the left and the right with candid and often surprising insight

A must read for anyone who wants a better grasp of the economy without taking a course in economics , The Little Book of Economicsis a unique and engaging look at how the economy works in all its wonderful and treacherous ways.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118230763
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/19/2011
  • Series: Little Books. Big Profits , #40
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 699 KB

Meet the Author

Greg Ip is the U.S. Economics Editor for the Economist magazine, based in Washington, D.C. His career spans two decades of financial and economic journalism, including eleven years at the Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington. Before that, he wrote for the Financial Post and the Globe and Mail in Canada. He appears frequently on television and radio, including National Public Radio., PBS, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. He has won or shared in several prizes for reporting, and was part of the Wall Street Journal team that received the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for breaking news reporting. Greg graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, with a degree in economics and journalism. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

Chapter One The Secrets of Success.

How People, Capital, and Ideas Make Countries Rich.

Chapter Two Economic Bungee Jumping.

Business Cycles, Recessions, and Depressions . . . Oh My!

Chapter Three In-Flight Monitor.

Tracking and Forecasting the Business Cycle from Takeoff to Landing.

Chapter Four Labor Pains.

Employment, Unemployment, and Wages.

Chapter Five Fire and Ice.

Warning: Inflation and Deflation Are Toxic to Your Economic Health.

Chapter Six Drop the Puck!

The Globalization Game Is Here Whether We're Ready or Not.

Chapter Seven All the World's an ATM.

Knitting Global Markets Together.

\Chapter Eight All the President's Men.

They Don't Control the Economy But They Sure Do Try.

Chapter Nine The Buck Starts Here.

The Federal Reserve's Amazing Power to Print and Destroy Money.

Chapter Ten White Smoke over the Washington Mall.

The Making of Monetary Policy and the Fine Art of Fed Watching.

Chapter Eleven When the World Needs a Fireman.

America's Lender of Last Resort and the World's Crisis Manager.

Chapter Twelve The Elephant in the Economy.

What the Government Giveth and Taketh Away.

Chapter Thirteen Good Debt, Bad Debt.

How Government Borrowing Can Save or Destroy an Economy.

Chapter Fourteen Love-Hate Relationship.

The Bipolar Financial System—Essential for Economic Growth But Sometimes It Goes Nuts.

Chapter Fifteen A Species of Neuralgia.

The Multiple, Recurring Causes of Financial Crises.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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