Economic Decisions for Consumers, 2nd edition

  • Don R. Leet
  • Joanne Driggers

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  • introduces a fully developed decision making model in the text (Chapter 1).
  • presents buying process model (based on decision making model) and applies it to all areas of a budget (Chapter 9-18).
  • emphasizes values, goals and priorities appropriate to individuals and all family configurations spanning the life cycle.
  • Chapter 3, Basic Economic Principles, discusses scarcity, economic systems, inflation and business cycles.
  • Chapter 5, Money and Banking, discusses the monetary system and the federal reserve, financial institutions, and banking and bill paying.
  • Chapter 13, Energy, the Environment, and the Consumer, includes discussion of water pollution and waste management with the implications of individual decisions for others.

Table of contents

 1. Decision Making: Learning to Choose.

 2. Life Cycles, Life Styles, and the Consumer.

 3. Basic Economic Principles: Be Prepared.

 4. Financial Planning: Getting in Control.

 5. Money and Banking: The Almighty Dollar.

 6. Credit: Buy Now, Pay More Later.

 7. Advertising: Information or Manipulation?

 8. Consumer Protection and Redress: Doing unto Others as They do unto You.

 9. Comparison Shopping in Fashionable America: Buying Process Model.

10. Food: More Than a Matter of Taste.

11. Housing: Home Sweet Home.

12. The Automobile: Wheels and Deals.

13. Energy, the Environment, and the Consumer.

14. Health Care: What Happens When You Get Sick.

15. Government Services and Taxes: Paying Your Fair Share.

16. Personal Investments: Managing Your Money.

17. Planning for the Future: Insurance, Retirement, and Beyond.

18. Consumer Economics from a Global Perspective.

Appendix I. Seeking Help for Consumer Problems.

Appendix II. Directory of Federal Consumer Agencies.

Appendix III. Directory of State Consumer Agencies.



Published by Pearson (March 1st 1990) - Copyright © 1990