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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198607679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198607670
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Review from previous edition John Black's dictionary provides clear and concise explanations...An excellent system of cross-referencing the various entries is a valuable aspect... this book is strongly recommended as a handy work of reference for any non-economist who wants to have a better idea about what is going on in economic debates...this book deserves to sell well to a wide audience...it illuminates in a concise and accessible way many of the words and ideas used both in economics itself and in practical political debates on the subject.' Times Higher Education Supplement

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John Black is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter, and Honorary Departmental Fellow at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rober Whaples (EH.NET) on August 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Oxford's Dictionary of Economics would make an excellent gift -- perhaps as a prize to the top student in an introductory economics class. It's a fairly good buy, especially after noting that Amazon.com lists it at over $5 off the publisher's price. The Dictionary "aims to provide for the needs of students of economics at A-level and in the 'mainstream' part of first degree courses, and of lay readers of journals such as The Economist," and will generally serve these audiences well. It includes about 2500 definitions of concepts that are used in standard economics texts and terms connected with personal finances. The definitions are unusually clear and often include editorial comments about the broader importance of a concept or the controversies surrounding a theory or issue. I learned a lot just thumbing through its pages and will keep the volume close at hand.

I wouldn't be reviewing the dictionary for EH.NET, however, unless more needed to be said about its treatment of economic history. I first flipped to the appendix, where there is a list of Nobel Prize winners in economics. Tellingly, Douglass North's first name is misspelled. By chance, within minutes of beginning to browse the dictionary itself I came across the term "cliometrics." The text offers this definition: "the application of quantitative methods in economic history. The main problem with applying econometrics to any but very recent economic history is the poor quality of the available data." The first sentence has room for improvement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mostyn on March 27, 2012
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There's not much to say about this dictionary. It covers a comprehensive collection of economic terms. I'm yet to find a conventional term that isn't included (there are some psuedoeconomic terms that don't appear, but they probably shouldn't be in there anyway).

As a dictionary it's definitions are naturally short, but I have always found it useful for quickly jogging my memory or understanding the context of an unknown term.

It's simply a great quick reference for economic terms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 22, 2010
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This is a handy little economic dictionary, but somewhat dated. I use it as a reference as I prepare my classes and exams. For my use it is quite adequate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Global Shipping Corporation on May 11, 2010
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This one is a keeper. I like it and it has taught me a lot. I also have the Dictionary of Statistics & The Dictionary of Mathematics. All OXFord
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