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Overview

Consumer Economic Issues in America empowers consumers with the knowledge to recognize and pursue their moral and legal rights. The book takes a pro-consumer and normative view as it reveals the vested economic interests of businesses, governments, and consumers today. The authors emphasize higher-order thinking using basic economic concepts to analyze consumer issues. Readers gain a strong understanding of the American economic system and the concepts of consumer sovereignty and consumer interest. They become equipped with the evaluative criteria for judging products and services, tools for living, the ability to analyze consumer issues, and an understanding of factors that affect buying decisions.

The text examines capitalism and how resources are allocated in the U.S. marketplace. Discussions focus on economic concepts critical to consumer success, consumers in a global economic marketplace, and the details of the government regulating economic and consumer interests. Readers examine the breadth of current consumer interest concerns using a framework for analyzing and resolving issues and developing rational decision-making skills.

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New edition of a text that provides the information students need to become knowledgeable and assertive consumers. Garman (director of research at a national, non-profit credit counseling organization) presents 18 chapters that emphasize understanding the American economic system, the concepts of consumer sovereignty and the consumer interest, evaluative criteria by which services and products are judged, tools for living, how to analyze issues, money management, and factors that affect buying decisions. He also considers environmental issues as well as the consumer protection efforts of federal, state and local governments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780324109399
  • Publisher: Cengage South-Western
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 600

Table of Contents

PART ONE: SOME PERSPECTIVES. 1. What is the Consumer Interest?. 2. The Consumer Movement. PART TWO: FACING CONSUMER PROBLEMS SUCCESSFULLY. 3. Consumer Rights, Responsibilities, and Remedies. 4. Ripoffs and Frauds in the Marketplace. 5. Laws that Help Consumers. PART THREE: THE CHALLENGING MARKETPLACE. 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. PART FOUR: INFORMATION PROCESSING. 11. Policymaking and Consumer Issues. 12. Decision-Making. 13. The Planned Buying Process. PART FIVE: CONSUMER ECONOMIC ISSUES. 14. Food Issues. 15. Health Care Issues. 16. Product Safety Issues. 17. Banking, Credit, and Housing Issues. 18. Insurance and Investment Issues.
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