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Economics: Principles and Policy / Edition 8

Economics: Principles and Policy / Edition 8

by William J. Baumol, Alan S. Blinder


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Master the principles of economics, and gain an understanding of current economic situations with the solid introduction and policy-based examples and applications found in ECONOMICS: PRINCIPLES AND POLICY, 13E. Written by two of the most respected economists in the world, this edition provides significant updates that reflect the latest economic situations and timely economic data. The authors combine the right level of rigor and detail to clarify even the most complicated concepts. A new chapter highlights U.S. economic leadership and assesses prospects for future U.S. growth based on strengths and weaknesses in key areas, such as productivity, innovation, entrepreneurship, health care, education, inequality, trade, the budget deficit, and climate change. Well-developed examples, intriguing puzzles and meaningful economic issues provide a good balance of theory to application.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780030259487
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 08/02/1999
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 816
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

William J. Baumol received his B.S.S. at the College of the City of New York and his Ph.D. at the University of London. He was professor of economics at New York University and senior research economist and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He was a frequent management consultant to major firms in a wide variety of industries in the United States and other countries as well as to a number of governmental agencies. He was former president of the American Economic Association and three other professional societies. Dr. Baumol served as an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, created by the U.S. Congress, as well as a member of the American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Baumol authored more than 35 books as well as hundreds of journal and newspaper articles that have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Alan S. Blinder earned his B.A. at Princeton University, his M.A. at the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. at MIT. He teaches at Princeton University and most recently authored ADVICE AND DISSENT (Basic Books, 2018), which is about the very different worldviews of economists and politicians—and the consequences of that clash. Dr. Blinder served on President Clinton's first Council of Economic Advisers and then as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, thereby playing a role in formulating both the fiscal and monetary policies of the 1990s. Dr. Blinder, now a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal, has written newspaper and magazine columns on economic policy for more than thirty years. He is a past vice president and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Table of Contents

PART I. GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH ECONOMICS. 1. What Is Economics? 2. The Use and Misuse of Graphs. 3. The Economy: Myth and Reality. 4. Scarcity and Choice: The Economic Problem. 5. Supply and Demand: An Initial Look. PART II. THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DEMAND AND SUPPLY. 6. Consumer Choice: Individual and Market Demand. 7. Demand and Elasticity. 8. Production, Inputs, and Cost: Building Blocks for Supply Analysis. 9. Output, Price, and Profit: The Importance of Marginal Analysis. PART III. MARKETS, FROM COMPETITION TO MONOPOLY: VIRTUES AND VICES. 10. The Firm and The Industry under Perfect Competition. 11. The Price System and the Case for Free Markets. 12. Monopoly. 13. Between Competition and Monopoly. 14. The Market Mechanism: Shortcomings and Remedies. 15. Microeconomics of Innovation: Prime Engine of Growth. 16. Real Firms and Their Financing: Stocks and Bonds. PART IV. THE DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME. 17. Pricing the Factors of Production. 18. Labor: The Human Input. 19. Poverty, Inequality, and Discrimination. PART V. THE GOVERNMENT AND THE ECONOMY. 20. Limiting Market Power: Regulation and Antitrust. 21. Taxation and Resource Allocation. 22. Externalities, the Environment, and Natural Resources. PART VI. THE MACROECONOMY: AGGREGATE SUPPLY AND DEMAND -. 23. The Realm of Macroeconomics. 24. The Goals of Macroeconomic Policy. 25. Income and Spending: The Powerful Consumer. 26. Demand-Side Equilibrium: Unemployment or Inflation? 27. Changes on the Demand Side: Multiplier Analysis. 28. Supply-Side Equilibrium: Unemployment and Inflation? PART VII. FISCAL AND MONETARY POLICY. 29. Managing Aggregate Demand: Fiscal Policy. 30.Money and the Banking System. 31. Monetary Policy and the National Economy. 32. The Debate Over Monetary Policy. 33. Deficits, Monetary Policy, and Growth. 34. The Phillips Curve and Economic Growth. PART VIII. THE UNITED STATES IN THE WORLD ECONOMY. 35. International Trade and Comparative Advantage. 36. The International Monetary System: Order or Disorder? 37. Exchange Rates and the Macroeconomy.

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