- Hardcover: 720 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 4th edition (February 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131368737
- ISBN-13: 978-0131368736
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Stephen Williamson is the Chester A. Phillips Professor of Financial Economics in the Department of Economics, Tippie College of Buisness, University of Iowa, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Economics from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and the Bank of Canada. Professor Williamson has published scholarly articles in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Theory, and the Journal of Monetary Economics, among other prestigious economics journals.
Top Customer Reviews
There are some interesting call-out boxes that give you a break from the tedious graph descriptions and confusing equation formations that I have enjoyed. The author brings up several real-world examples for economic problems and I found those fascinating enough to keep me plugging through a mind-numbing read. Also, it's all the exact same color. I don't expect lively pictures in a macroecon textbook, but it feels like my soul is shriveling up after a few chapters of the same hideously-colored graphs. If you're planning on writing a macroeconomics textbook-- I beg of you! Please vary your color scheme!
As with most college textbooks, the end-of-chapter resources are not super helpful, because there is no answer key. So you can try to test yourself, but you won't know if you're on the right track. Read through the chapters thoroughly, highlighting the important parts. It makes it so much easier to study/skim later, since the majority of the text is seemingly wordy fluff.
I feel the text added to the understanding of the course, generally the text was clear and the numerous graphs added greatly to the understanding of the material. I could not see a bias to the text and it's material as some other reviews have stated, it seemed to hit Keynesian, Monetarism, and others. Generally there is far more material in the book than can be covered in a single course. The 4th edition at this point (mid 2011) is very up to date with examples and details from the real world.