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The Economics of Public Issues (HarperCollins Series in Economics)

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Offers topics to illustrate economic principles through a contemporary lens. This text is useful for principles of economics course, and a way to spark independent thinking and classroom discussions in political economy, public policy, and social issues courses. It illustrates students with the power of economics as a tool for analyzing issues.
Paperback, 14th Edition, 255 pages
Published January 5th 2005 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published 1993)
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Jun 16, 2011 Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought at first that this book was really simplistic. But, as I kept reading, I couldn't avoid the fact that the authors must be very ideologically-driven. There's no other rational explanation for their biases. Free market is God. That's all they know, and all that anyone else needs to know.

Here are some examples: 1. The chapter about overweight Americans comes to the conclusion that it's because of cigarette taxes. Taxes = bad. Um . . . while some adults may eat more when they quit smoking
Apr 02, 2013 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's disturbing to think how many people read this book and take it as economic gospel. It's true to a point, but it gives short shrift to the opponents of their ideas, seriously limiting its academic usefulness. For instances, according to the authors the "excuses" against free trade all basically come down to "self-interest," keeping away competition to keep their wages and job secure...except the "smoke-screen" is equally true that people that are politically proponents of free trade often ar ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Anum rated it it was amazing
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Although this book oversimplifies certain issues while discussing public problems in economic contexts, it is a true eye opener. This book quite literally changed the way I viewed the world!
Josh Vick
May 25, 2016 Josh Vick rated it really liked it
Really solid review of many different public issues and the underlying economic principles that have helped them succeed or fail in their action.
Oct 02, 2015 Deanna rated it it was ok
Explains economic ideas fairly simply, but is also incredibly biased and tends to oversimplify very complicated issues/leave out the opposition argument.
Pat Murphy
Aug 08, 2015 Pat Murphy rated it really liked it
More interesting than I expected. Kind of a serious Freakonomics.
Oct 08, 2011 Zak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book, which I am currently reading in my microeconomics class, to anyone interested in contemporary American politics. In a series of short chapters, the reader is confronted with the most fascinating questions (and answers) about what really drives all of the most important issues on today's political scene. Read "Death By Bureaucrat" or "Sex, Drugs, and Booze" and tell me this isn't the best textbook you've ever picked up. I dare you.
Siddarth Gore
Feb 07, 2014 Siddarth Gore rated it liked it
Very concise and to the point book if you are interested in how policy decisions by governments affect economics and vice versa. Though, for detailed analysis and nuances, you will have to refer some other books.
Ava Anderson
Aug 05, 2013 Ava Anderson rated it liked it
This book lays out economic arguments behind a variety of issues, from obesity to airline safety, providing an interesting angle on the issues. However, I often found the explanations to be a bit simplistic, and when using this as a teaching tool, I think it's important to emphasize that the economic viewpoint is simply one way of examining an issue to reach a conclusion, not the "right" answer.
Aboozar Hadavand
Very biased political and economic views throughout the book which is not a problem until you find flaws in the author's reasonings. Some chapters worth reading though.
Jordan Munn
i actually read the fifth edition from 1980. It's pretty fun to see how the framing of issues has changed over time.
Jul 29, 2009 raihan rated it really liked it
I read this for class, but it easily could've been a book for pleasure reading. Witty, funny, interesting.
Mar 30, 2010 Shannon rated it liked it
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This class was much more valuable to me as a reporter than microeconomics would have been.
Jul 17, 2008 David rated it really liked it
One of my favorite economics reads. Douglass C. North was one of my professors.
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