Barbecue Economics: Be Your Neighborhood Expert on Demand, Supply, and the Free Market

Barbecue Economics: Be Your Neighborhood Expert on Demand, Supply, and the Free Market

by Dick Gillette

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Barbecue Economics: Be Your Neighborhood Expert on Demand, Supply, and the Free Market by Dick Gillette

This is a book about economics, but it is not an economics book. It is a businessman's perspective on the principles of economics and how they affect the potential for growth and prosperity in a free market environment. You will know just enough economics to make you the expert at the backyard barbecue.

We start with the underpinnings of economic science, the ideas of scarcity, marginal reasoning, incentives, and opportunity cost, highlighting Adam Smith's writings of the late 18th century in establishing these principles.

Following is an overview of microeconomics, how producers and consumers interact to establish the price and availability of goods and services. We show how lack of attention to these principles leads to inefficient public policies like rent and price controls and the minumum wage.

In macroeconomics we reveiw how Thomas Malthus's theory of economic growth evolved into the classical economic model. This model shows how an improved standard of living is possible only with a growing population or an increasingly productive work force, or both. We discuss the purpose of government intervention in the economy and review the three major avenues of intervention, tax and spending policies, monetary control, and regulation. The contributions of Frederic Bastiat, Milton Friedman, Arthur Laffer, Thomas Sargent, and others are laid out.

Next, we examine the rationale for foreign trade, followed by a discussion of U.S. trade with China.

Finally, we highlight the growth of cronyism between the government and special interests, and show how the efficiency of a free market is dampened in the process.

We use a few simple charts to amplify the text and include an Appendix to explain how to interpret them. Economics is a challenging field of study, but the basic principles are not hard to grasp. Our goal is to give you just enough exposure to help you engage comfortably in the debate.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045090063
Publisher: Dick Gillette
Publication date: 10/26/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 346,102
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dick earned a BA degree in History at Trinity College, and an MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has enjoyed a varied business career in commercial banking, general management consulting, project finance and, lately, as co-founder of a clean energy technology company. His grounding in economics at the University of Chicago has spurred a continuing interest in economics and economic policy throughout his life. Dick and his wife have three daughters, and live in Connecticut. Dick is an instructor in economics at the University of Phoenix, and he participates in the Everybody Wins! lunchtime reading program at an urban elementary school.

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