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Economics: Principles and Policy Hardcover – May, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-0155188051 ISBN-10: 0155188054 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Group (Australia) Pty.Ltd; First Edition edition (May 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0155188054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0155188051
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,037,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William J. Baumol was born in New York City, and received his BSS at the College of the City of New York and his Ph.D. at the University of London. He is professor of economics at New York University, and senior research economist and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He is a frequent consultant to the management of major firms in a wide variety of industries in the United States and other countries, as well as to a number of governmental agencies. In several fields, including the telecommunications and electric utility industries, current regulatory policy is based on his explicit recommendations. Among his many contributions to economics are research on the theory of the firm, the contestability of markets, the economics of the arts and other services--the "cost disease of the services" is often referred to as "Baumol's disease"--and economic growth, entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to economics, he taught a course in wood sculpture at Princeton for about 20 years. He has been president of the American Economic Association, and three other professional societies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, created by the U.S. Congress, and of the American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin. He is also on the board of trustees of the National Council on Economic Education, and of the Theater Development Fund. He is the recipient of ten honorary degrees.

Baumol is the author of more than 35 books, and hundreds of journal and newspaper articles. His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Alan S. Blinder was born in New York City and attended Princeton University, where one of his teachers was William J. Baumol. After earning a master's degree at the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. at MIT, Blinder returned to Princeton, where he has taught since 1971. He is currently the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and co-director of Princeton's Center for Economic Policy Studies, which he founded.

In January 1993, Blinder went to Washington as part of President Clinton's first Council of Economic Advisers. Then, from June 1994 through January 1996, he served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. He thus played a role in formulating both the fiscal and monetary policies of the 1990s, topics discussed extensively in this book.

For more than 10 years, Blinder wrote newspaper and magazine columns on economic policy, and his op-ed pieces still appear regularly in various newspapers.

Blinder has been vice president of the American Economic Association and is a member of both the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has two grown sons, and lives in Princeton with his wife, where he plays tennis as often as he can. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Denis Benchimol Minev on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I used this book as my first introduction to economics, and even many years after having read it I continue to use it as a source of reference to the most simple concepts of economics. It has the very best simple explanations of economic principles that I have ever seen. It is filled with interesting stories that bring these principles to the real world, showing a novice the potential power of these ideas. This is Economics 101 at its best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Found the authors to not mince words - got to the point, concise, explained concepts visually and verbally. Excellent text for an undergrad beginning Econ class. Used it as an undergrad and continue to recommend. Updated version refines Micro theory, which was necessary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By UESHI on October 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am teaching economics and have read the textbooks written by Stiglitz, Mankiw, Samuelson etc.,but I think this is the best.It not only explains the elements of economics in plain words,but also convey lots of incisive insights which we should keep in mind when we tackle economic problems. I found Baumol and Blinder very instructive as well as interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Colbert on July 3, 2010
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I teach AP Econ in a public school. This is an excellent textbook for that. For the most part it is very clear and this earlier edition is superior to later ones becasue the font and kerning is larger and there are more graphs. It covers 99% of the concepts and terms used on the AP exam. Why else did I buy it? Our district is broke. So sometimes I buy a few extra texts for the kids....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on January 11, 2009
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The product was delivered in a timely manner and it was in the promised condition. The only problem is it is not the exact ISBN number I ordered. But I believe the only difference between the two books is added features, which I do not need. I am satisfied with this product.
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