How To Think Like an Economist offers instructors a tool to both motivate students and get them to recognize how economics affects their everyday lives. In less than 200 pages, How to Think Like an Economist consists entirely of economics "stories" and real-world applications that the author has used in his class to help hundreds of students make the connection between economics and their lives.
Dr. Roger A. Arnold is Professor of Economics at California State University San Marcos, where his fields of specialization include general microeconomic theory and monetary theory. A widely respected authority on economic issues, Dr. Arnold is a regularly featured expert on talk radio discussing the state of the economy. He is also a proven author, who has written numerous academic articles, hundreds of newspaper columns, as well as the popular ECONOMICS: NEW WAYS OF THINKING and principles of macroeconomics supplementary text, HOW TO THINK LIKE AN ECONOMIST. Dr. Arnold has been a member of the economics faculty at California State University Northridge, University of Oklahoma, Hillsdale College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and California State University San Marcos. He served as chair of the economics department for two years at University of Nevada Las Vegas and for seven years at California State University San Marcos. He is currently chair of the economics department at California State University San Marcos. During his tenure at UNLV he was regularly one of the top five finalists for the teacher of the year honor (in the College of Business and Economics), and in 1987 he received the best researcher of the year award. Dr. Arnold earned a B.S. in Economics in 1974 from the University of Birmingham in England and received his M.A. in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
1. Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing? 2. There Is a Right Amount of Everything. 3. Have a Question, Build a Theory. 4. Change Often Begets Change. 5. Why Is It Harder to Predict than to Explain? 6. Did you Really Mean to Pay for That? 7. Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side of the Fence? 8. Why There Will Always Be Lies and Liars. 9. How Things Will Turn Out. 10. What Kinds of Explanations Do Economists Use? 11. Good Things Can Just Happen. 12. Winners and Losers. 13. Life Is Just One Big Real Estate Market. 14. Rational Men and Women. 15. Rationing Devices. 16. Where's Waldo? Where's the Economics? 17. Drug Busts and SUVs, or the Importance of Thinking in Threes. 18. Is It the Same Everywhere? Is It the Same All the Time? 19. Gifts, Trades, and Transfers. 20. There Are No $10 Bills on the Sidewalk. 21. Ratios: More than Twice As Good. 22. More Than Common Sense Is Needed. 23. Did I Ask For This? Would I Have Asked For This? 24. Right For Me, Right For You, But Wrong For Us.