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International Economics Hardcover – September 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0324581485 ISBN-10: 0324581483 Edition: 12th
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Known for his excellence in teaching, Robert J. Carbaugh is Professor of Economics at Central Washington University. He has been honored with numerous top teaching awards, including the 1984 Excellence in Teaching award at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and the Distinguished Professor of the University--Teaching award at Central Washington University in 1993. In 1996, Professor Carbaugh was named Scholar of the Year by the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society at Central Washington University. In 2001, he received the Distinguished Professor of the University award for Research at Central Washington University. In 2004, Carbaugh was invited by the Directors of the Oxford Round Table to present a lecture, "Trade and Environmental Frictions in the Global Steel Industry," at Oxford University in England. For over 25 years, Professor Carbaugh has taught international economics, as well as managerial economics, money and banking, and both introductory and intermediate levels of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 12 edition (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0324581483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0324581485
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Econ dude on November 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As an instructor teaching an undergrad international economics, I used this textbook as designated reading for the class. There are several merits about this textbook: simplicity, tons of real-world examples, and plain description. Unfortunately, there are several disadvantages about this book that I can't stand:

1. Typos, there are many typos in this 9e. Some of them were even correctly printed on 8e.

2. Lack of econ models: I can see how difficult it is to write a realworld-oriented international econ textbook with more intuition and less intimidating math models. But what makes Economics different from other social science is the powerful models that give us insights and perspectives. Sometimes it is easier to understand the complicated international economics with some simple models. I don't think Carbaugh did a good job offering econ models at where we need most, especially in the balance of payment and government policies part. I can accept simple, intuitive explanation, but I cannot accept oversimplification.

3. Redundancy:

Carbaugh spend major part of the textbook talking about international trade but not enough on international finance. There are several topics in international trade that can be combined and some topics in international finance that can be elaborated more. But I think this is author's choice.

In conclusion, I think this is a good book if you want to have a general idea about international economics. But I won't recommend it for using in class simply becuase it raises more questions than it explains.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "zara_azari" on March 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
First of, I must confess that I am prejudiced about this book, because the author, honorable Dr. Robert Carbaugh, was my economics Professor at the University. But, seriously now, I was not an economics major and I also was not a very good student, meaning I missed far too many classes...But, whenever I sat down to read the book, it was very easy to catch up with the rest of the class. In fact, even if you are not a student at all, but just interested in the basics of international economics, you would still find this book very useful. I took four other economics classes and all of them were boring, mainly because of the teachers' inability to teach well. This book, however, is a reflection of a good-natured, quick witted, and highly intelligent economist, who TEACHES REAL STUFF EVERY DAY to the average university students and manages to keep their attention. It's a hell of a job to do that HERE, I tell you!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David J. Bissett on August 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I had Dr Carbaugh as a student at UW Eau Claire, and enjoyed the clarity of his lectures. His book is nearly as good. My (first) edition is still worth consulting when I have the opportunity to teach econ.
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By hawke527 on March 21, 2009
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This book is easy to read and makes most concepts easy to understand. However, I find myself often stumped when using the index to search for specific terms. I believe that this index could be elaborated on, in an effort to research material more easily.
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Well written textbook. The author finishes each section with a sentence that begins with "Simply put;", which is a helpful quick summary. Overall good book.
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By NC teacher on January 10, 2011
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This was required reading for my last undergraduate classes. Probably the best book on economics ampong my required reads as an economics major.
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This was a great book, cheapiest book I've ever bought for college. I would recommend you to anyone and I will buy all my books from you!!!
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