The Economics of Public Issues / Edition 15

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Overview

The Economics of Public Issues is a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking and classroom discussions in principles of economics, public policy, and social issues courses. The Foundations of Economic Analysis: Death by Bureaucrat; Ethanol Madness; Flying the Friendly Skies?; The Mystery of Wealth. S upply and Demand: Sex, Booze, and Drugs; Expanding Waistlines; Is Water Different?; Slave Redemption in Sudan; Smoking and Smuggling; Bankrupt Landlords, from Sea to Shining Sea. Labor Markets: (Why) Are Women Paid Less?; The Effects of the Minimum Wage; Immigration, Superstars, and Poverty; A Farewell to Jobs. Market Structures: Monopsony and Competition in Health Care; Big Oil, Big Oil Prices?; Contracts, Combinations, and Conspiracies; Coffee, Tea, or Tuition-Free?; College Costs (…and Costs and Costs); Keeping the Competition Out; Political Economy: Raising Less Corn and More Hell; Killer Cars and the Rise of the SUV; Crime and Punishment; The Graying of America; Heavenly Highway. Property Rights and the Environment: The Trashman Cometh; Bye-Bye, Bison; Smog Merchants; Greenhouse Economics. International Trade and Economic Prosperity: Free Trade, Less Trade, or No Trade?; The $750,000 Steelworker; The Lion, the Dragon, and the Future. For all readers interested in principles of economics, public policy, and social issues..
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Editorial Reviews

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An introduction to basic economic concepts and topics from a largely free-market perspective. Concepts are discussed using examples from current public issues ranging from communism to prostitution to the minimum wage. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321416100
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/24/2007
  • Series: Pearson Custom Business Resources Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger LeRoy Miller received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is currently Director of the Institute for University Studies in Arlington, Texas. Dr. Miller is a legal specialist and author of numerous books on law and the legal environment, including criminal procedure. In addition, Dr. Miller has authored books on the war on drugs, the economics of crime and criminal behavior, and on related topics.

Daniel K. Benjamin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California at Los Angeles where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Benjamin has taught at Montana State University, the University of Washington and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Currently, he is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a visiting distinguished scholar at the University of Liverpool, England. He also served on the executive committee of the Western Economic Association. During the Reagan administration, he spent several years in Washington, D.C. where he was deputy assistant secretary for policy and then chief of staff at the Department of Labor. Earlier, he had served as a staff economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Douglass C. North is the Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. University of California Berkeley Research Interests: New Institutional Economics, Economic History and Economic Development He is also professor of history and a fellow of the Center in Political Economy. He was on the faculty of the University of Washington and held visiting chairs at Cambridge and Rice Universities. In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served as president of the Economic History Association and the Western Economic Association. His major interest is the evolution of economic and political institutions. The effects of institutions on the development of economies through time is a major emphasis in his work in both economic history and development.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. The Foundations of Economic Analysis
NEW! Chapter 1. Death by Bureaucrat
NEW! Chapter 2. Ethanol Madness
Chapter 3. Flying the Friendly Skies?
Chapter 4. The Mystery of Wealth

Part 2. Supply and Demand
Chapter 5. Sex, Booze, and Drugs
Chapter 6. Expanding Waistlines
Chapter 7. Is Water Different?
Chapter 8. Slave Redemption in Sudan
Chapter 9. Smoking and Smuggling
Chapter 10. Bankrupt Landlords, from Sea to Shining Sea

Part 3. Labor Markets
NEW! Chapter 11. (Why) Are Women Paid Less?
Chapter 12. The Effects of the Minimum Wage
NEW! Chapter 13. Immigration, Superstars, and Poverty
Chapter 14. A Farewell to Jobs

Part 4. Market Structures
NEW! Chapter 15. Monopsony and Competition in Health Care
NEW! Chapter 16. Big Oil, Big Oil Prices?
Chapter 17. Contracts, Combinations, and Conspiracies
Chapter 18. Coffee, Tea, or Tuition-Free?
NEW!
Chapter 19. College Costs (…and Costs and Costs)
Chapter 20. Keeping the Competition Out

Part 5. Political Economy
Chapter 21. Raising Less Corn and More Hell
Chapter 22. Killer Cars and the Rise of the SUV
Chapter 23. Crime and Punishment
Chapter 24. The Graying of America
Chapter 25. Heavenly Highway

Part 6. Property Rights and the Environment
Chapter 26. The Trashman Cometh
Chapter 27. Bye-Bye, Bison
Chapter 28. Smog Merchants
Chapter 29. Greenhouse Economics

Part 7. International Trade and Economic Prosperity
Chapter 30. Free Trade, Less Trade, or No Trade?
Chapter 31. The $750,000 Steelworker
Chapter 32. The Lion, the Dragon, and the Future

Glossary
Selected References
Index

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