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February 7, 2011 0538453044 978-0538453042 6
With its clear and engaging writing style, PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS, Sixth Edition, continues to be one of the most popular books on economics available today. Mankiw emphasizes material that you are likely to find interesting about the economy (particularly if you are studying economics for the first time), including real-life scenarios, useful facts, and the many ways economic concepts play a role in the decisions you make every day.

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Product Details

  • Series: Economics
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0538453044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0538453042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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N. Gregory Mankiw is Professor of Economics at Harvard University. As a student, he studied economics at Princeton University and MIT. As a teacher, he has taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics, and principles of economics. He even spent one summer long ago as a sailing instructor on Long Beach Island.

Professor Mankiw is a prolific writer and a regular participant in academic and policy debates. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the "American Economic Review", "Journal of Political Economy", and "Quarterly Journal of Economics", and in more widely accessible forums, such as "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", "The Wall Street Journal", and "Fortune".

He has written two popular textbooks--the intermediate-level textbook Macroeconomics (Worth Publishers) and the introductory textbook Principles of Economics (South-Western/Thomson). Principles of Economics has sold over a million copies and has been translated into twenty languages.

In addition to his teaching, research, and writing, Professor Mankiw has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office, and a member of the ETS test development committee for the advanced placement exam in economics. From 2003 to 2005 he served as Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Insightful January 4, 2013
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This book was a requirement for my intro level microeconomics course. I would like to being by saying that this book is an incredibly easy read. It isn't extremely boring and dry and it isn't extremely fun with little important information. It contains all of the relevant information. The way the book delivers the information is astounding. You read through a block of text and then the book displays graphical examples with captions below to help interpret the graph. The online homework that I had to do along with the book made retaining the important information extremely easy. Economics comes relatively easy to me, but the addition of this great textbook made getting an A almost too easy. I didn't even show up to lecture about one third of the time because Dr. Mankiw does such a well job of explaining the material.

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I would highly recommend this textbook. It is probably the most efficient and useful text for learning introductory microeconomics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read January 22, 2014
This book made my Microeconomics class much easier. The examples given are relevant and interesting. It made attending lecture sessions obsolete.

I purchased a DIFFERENT VERSION of this book, however. Very similar in all aspects (SAME EDITION and paperback) but only goes up to Chapter 17. So check your syllabus to see if your class goes beyond Chapter 17. Otherwise purchase what I purchased: It's much cheaper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made an A August 13, 2013
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Great book, interesting class. I know many people feel that economics is a boring subject but it didn't seem too bad to me. Maybe this book kept it interesting?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good. July 2, 2013
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Great for beginners. The only criticism i have of this book is that it should provide the answers to its questions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning book. November 27, 2012
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I used this book in an intro to microeconomics class. This book is a good place to start out with and has good explanations. It's also a high quality book as it has full color pages and nice size print.
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