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The Economics of Public Issues (17th Edition) (The Pearson Series in Economics) 17th Edition

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About the Author

Roger LeRoy Miller received his PhD from the University of Chicago.  He is currently Director of the Institute for University Studies in Arlington, Texas.  Dr. Miller is a legal specialist and author of numerous books on law and the legal environment, including criminal procedure.  In addition, Dr. Miller has authored books on the war on drugs, the economics of crime and criminal behavior, and on related topics.

 

Daniel K. Benjamin - Alumni Distinguished Professor, John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University

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Product Details

  • Series: The Pearson Series in Economics
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 17 edition (July 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138021139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138021139
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to read this book for a class in college and I have to say, it's probably the most concise and clearly written introduction to economics and public issues I've ever encountered. Not only is it well written, it was exceedingly well edited. Nothing in this book is superfluous and everything is relevant. I would read this book even if it wasn't assigned reading. It's very even-handed, it's academic without being boring, but basically the point of the book is that there's no free lunch: Public issues are issues for a reason; there is no magical system that will result in no cost somewhere to someone, and sometimes measuring the outcomes is impossible until you've already chosen a path.

This book deals with some very serious issues in an engaging and thought provoking way, and it's a pretty easy read. You do not have to know one thing about economics to appreciate this book. I'd recommend it to anyone that's interested in politics, economics, business, or even just plain old social philosophy.
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Note: This is essentially an applied microeconomics book. You won't find too much macroeconomics in this book (maybe that's a good thing though). I am a professor of economics and in the process of writing a detailed outline for an undergraduate Survey of Economics course for Organizational Leadership majors. The main text I am using is Economics by McConnell, Brue, and Flynn. Economics of Public Issues is a required book to complement the main text. This book is very easy for students to read. The chapters are very short (2-5 pages) and the examples are excellent. A theme throughout this book is the role of negative unintended consequences of government policy. I have never taken nor taught a course in public policy or political science, but this book might make a great complement in those fields as well.

I intentionally chose the 16th edition because of price; used copies are selling for about $1 + shipping. There are some small changes between the 18th and 17th editions. I was given a copy of the 14th edition in 2008, and there are a number of differences between the 14th and 16th edition. The authors seem to make changes to update the book based on current events.

Each chapter has about 4 discussion questions. I plan assign two chapters a week for homework, and two for in-class discussion. For online courses, I plan to use the questions for graded discussion board posts. I have found that quality of online student discussion board is much better when the questions are "real world" in nature instead of generic or technical textbook questions. This book has very interesting "real world" examples and can stimulate debate among students.
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The chapters are short (4-6 pages), getting straight to the point while still providing a lot of information. The subject matter is actually thought provoking and a great discussion starter. I am glad I bought this instead of renting it because it is a book I will enjoy reading beyond what was required for class.
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By GY on January 30, 2012
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This book takes you to a short, but deep conversation on how public issues in United States has become very debatable and hard to control. The chapters pertaining to mortgages meltdown, public pensions, and our favorite, Social Security, all gives us how origination came to be and how Americans demand more out of it, as if it were supposed to be used as income to live off of.
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I also felt this was a propaganda piece where only one side was presented. I would have liked to see more than one solution presented on some of these issues. My professor presented this book like it was fact but I feel that there may be more to the story on several of the issues discussed in this book. Students beware...
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By Cdub on July 20, 2013
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I am taking a Microeconomics class for summer class and this book is a wonderful read. The topics are all relevant issues and you can learn quite a lot just from reading this book alone. I'd definitely recommend it!
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I bought this book for an economics class and found it to be a pretty good read. My only problem was that the authors occasionally made unsubstantiated claims and didn't provide and citations for proof.
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This has an insulting, hard-right perspective that is dismissive of serious issues like environmental degradation. Its ideas of costs is narrow and short-sighted. To follow the authors' views on policy would be to continue or worsen the social and economic problems American society faces.

I am deeply disappointed that this was a required text for an upper-division political science class. I wouldn't recommend it as a text for any level of education. What utter rot.
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