Economics: A Very Short Introduction

Economics: A Very Short Introduction

by Partha Dasgupta
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Oxford University Press


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Economics: A Very Short Introduction

Here Partha Dasgupta, an internationally recognized authority in economics, presents readers with a solid introduction to its basic concepts, including efficiency, equity, sustainability, dynamic equilibrium, property rights, markets, and public goods. Throughout, he highlights the relevance of economics to everyday life, providing a very human exploration of a technical subject. Dasgupta covers enduring issues such as population growth, the environment, and poverty. For example, he explores how the world's looming population problems affect us at the local, national, and international level.

Economics has the capacity to offer us deep insights into some of the most formidable problems of life. Here, Dasgupta goes beyond the basics to show it's innate effects on our history, culture, and lifestyles.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192853455
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/02/2007
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 545,709
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     x
List of illustrations     xiii
List of tables     xiv
Prologue     1
Macroeconomic history     14
Trust     30
Communities     64
Markets     72
Science and Technology as institutions     90
Households and firms     100
Sustainable economic development     117
Social well-being and democratic government     139
Epilogue     158
Further reading     161
Index     163

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