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Principles of Macroeconomics by Gregory Mankiw: 5th or 6th Edition?

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Initial post: Jul 31, 2012 9:28:01 AM PDT
Evyan G. says:
To anyone who has read or used the textbooks mentioned above for a college course, I have a burning question. I noticed on amazon that the 6th edition of the book is being sold for around $120, while the 5th edition is only about $5. Each book has roughly the same number of pages, so I was wondering: Do you think I could get off with ordering the 5th edition of the textbook for my course because it is so much cheaper, even though I'm being told to order the 6th edition for class? Will there be a very big difference between the content of each book?

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 11:03:27 PM PDT
ShawnH says:
If it's like my class, you'll need the newest edition (not used) to get a unique Aplia online access key, so you should check that first.

If not, you can always just use the pdf and save yourself some cash:

Or if you are a wealthy college student (I hear they exist somewhere) you can support the publisher and buy it.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 10:14:53 PM PDT
K. LANDRY says:
Both books are exactly the same information.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2012 6:13:22 AM PDT
my3sons says:
which edition did you get? The professor said he thought the 5th would be ok, but I wanted to check around first.....

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 7:31:27 AM PDT
Evyan G. says:
My ECON class was ultimately canceled, but when I was researching the books I had the great idea to type in the titles of both books into Google Books, then, in the samples provided for the two versions, I compared the table of contents pages for both editions. What I found was that both books had Exactly the same chapter titles, and also the same sub heading titles. Very little of the content should be different because of this. The page numbers are a little bit different, but only a tad bit (like only 3 or 4 pages off.) really I don't think it's worth it at all to go with the newer edition. Even though my class was canceled I wouldn't have.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 8:13:39 AM PDT
L. Branam says:
If the teacher is telling you to get the sixth edition, I'd go with the sixth. The books will have the same material, yes. But things will be in different spots, on different pages, in different chapters. It will be hard to follow if your teacher says to check out chart 5-4 if it's really 6-2 in your book.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 7:21:35 PM PDT
Ask you professor.
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