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The eighth edition of Consumer Economic Issues in America, is a comprehensive update of one of the most thorough and readable texts in the field. The text is straightforward and highlights the fundamental consumer economic issues affecting all consumers. Author E. Thomas Garman educates and empowers students as they gain knowledge of their rights and responsibilities as consumers. An emphasis is placed on understanding the American economic system, consumer concepts, evaluative criteria and environmental issues. The book takes a normative, pro-consumer viewpoint.
1. What Is the Consumer Interest? 2. The Consumer Movement. 3. Consumer Rights, Responsibilities and Remedies. 4. Rip-offs and Frauds in the Marketplace. 5. Laws That Help Consumers. 6. The Capitalistic American Marketplace. 7. Economic Concepts Critical to Consumer Success. 8. Consumers in the Global Marketplace. 9. Government Regulation of Economic Interests. 10. Government Regulation of Consumer Interests. 11. Policymaking and Consumer Issues. 12. Decision Making in Today's Complex Society. 13. The Planned Buying Process. 14. Food Issues. 15. Health Care Issues. 16. Product Safety Issues. 17. Banking, Credit and Housing Issues. 18. Insurance and Investment Issues. Appendix: Careers in Consumer Affairs.