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Overview

For principles of economics, public policy, and social issues courses.

 

Brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking and classroom discussions

 

The Economics of Public Issues is a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking and discussion in principles of economics and social issues. The 20th Edition encourages readers to apply theoretical discussions to today’s important issues to gain a deeper understanding of current microeconomic policy concerns.

 

Spark independent thinking and classroom discussion

  • Readings are concise, allowing for easy integration into any principles of economics or issues-based classroom.
  • A correlation guide in the preface illustrates how to integrate topics into different courses.
  • Conversational and informative non-technical writing is geared toward principles-level students and does not require advanced math.
  • Using the latest debates in social policy, the authors encourage readers to question their own assumptions and the analysis offered by the media and politicians on key issues.
  • End-of-chapter questions offer students the opportunity to test their knowledge and review chapter concepts.

 

Table of contents

PART ONE: THE FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

1. Death by Bureaucrat

2. Innovation

3. Flying the Friendly Skies?

4. The Mystery of Wealth

5. The Economics of Exclusion

 

PART TWO: SUPPLY AND DEMAND

6. Sex, Booze, and Drugs

7. The Economics of Obesity

8. Kidneys for Sale

9. Are We Running Out of Water?

10. Bankrupt Landlords, from Sea to Shining Sea

 

PART THREE: LABOR MARKETS

11. Das Kapital in the Twenty-First Century

12. (Why) Are Women Paid Less?

13. The Effects of the Minimum Wage

14. The (Dis)incentives of Higher Taxes

 

PART FOUR: MARKET STRUCTURES

15. The Platform Economy

16. Contracts, Combinations, and Conspiracies

17. Coffee, Tea, or Tuition-Free?

18. Keeping the Competition Out

 

PART FIVE: POLITICAL ECONOMY

19. Health Insurance for All . . . Or Maybe Not

20. The Deception of Green Energy

21. The Fight over Genetically Modified Foods

22. Student Loans

23. The Graying of America

24. For Whom the Roads Are Tolled

 

PART SIX: PROPERTY RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

25. What to Do About the Climate?

26. Save That Species

27. Ethanol Madness

28. The Death of Recycling

 

PART SEVEN: GLOBALIZATION AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

29. The Economics of the Big Mac

30. Globalization and the Wealth of America

31. The $750,000 Steelworker

 

Selected References

 

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