This text conveys the principles of microeconomics in a superb conversational style through a series of extended examples that students relate and respond to. Students are discouraged from simply memorizing facts and engaged in active learning. Maintains a focus on presenting basic concepts in depth and developing the analysis step-by-step, rather than covering hundreds of topics superficially.
Gottheil's (U. of Illinois) introduction to economics works to ease undergraduates into the topic with basic principles and daily-life applications, avoiding too much lofty theory. The latest edition strengthens an emphasis on economics as part of the larger universe of social sciences through sidebar boxes that provide global, interdisciplinary, historical, applied, and theoretical perspectives elaborating on the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Fred M. Gottheil is a professor of economics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He came to Illinois in 1960, planning to spend one year before returning to his native Canada. But he fell in love with the campus, the community, and the Midwest, and has been at Illinois ever since. He earned his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and his Ph.D. at Duke University. His primary teaching is the principles of economics, and on occasion, he has taught the history of economic thought, Marxian economics, and the economics of the Middle East. He is the author of "Marx's Economic Predictions" and numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals, among them the "American Economic Review", the "Canadian Journal of Economics", the "Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics" and the "Middle East Reviews." Although he enjoys research, his labor of love is teaching the principles course. His classes have been as large as 1,800 students. He has won a plethora of teaching from the university, the college, and department of economics. Aside from his research and publications as a professor of economics, Professor Gottheil is also on the university's medical faculty, co-teaching the College of Medicine's course on medicine and society. As well, he is director of the University of Illinois's Center of Economic Education. In this capacity, he organizes and team-teaches minicourses and workshops on the principles of economics. He was a White House consultant on the Middle East during the Carter Administration and offered expert testimony to several congressional committees. Professor Gottheil was a visiting professor at Northwestern University and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He has lectured at many universities in the United States, Canada, and abroad, including universities in Syria, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.
PART I. THE BASICS OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS. 1. Introduction. 2. Production Possibilities and Opportunity Costs. 3. Demand and Supply. PART II. INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS. 4. Elasticity. 5. Marginal Utility and Consumer Choice. 6. Price Ceilings and Price Floors. 7. Business Ownership and Organization: Proprietorships, Partnerships, and Corporations. PART III. THE MICROECONOMICS OF PRODUCT MARKETS. 8. Costs of Production. 9. Maximizing Profit. 10. Identifying Markets and Market Structures. 11. Price and Output in Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition, and Perfect Competition. 12. Price and Output Determination Under Oligopoly. 13. Antitrust and Regulation. 14. Externalities, Market Failure, and Public Choice. PART IV. THE MICROECONOMICS OF FACTOR MARKETS. 15. Wage Rates in Competitive Labor Markets. 16. Wages and Employment: Monopsony and Labor Unions. 17. Interest, Rent, and Profit. 18. Income Distribution and Poverty. PART V. THE WORLD ECONOMY. 19. International Trade. 20. Exchange Rates, Balance of Payments, and International Debt. 21. Economic Problems of Less-Developed Economics.