- Hardcover: 548 pages
- Publisher: Worth Publishers; 5th edition (2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0716752379
- ISBN-13: 978-0716752370
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Macroeconomics 5th Edition
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The one you see on this page: "Macroeconomics" is usually used in 2nd or 3rd year macroeconomics courses in college. This is because the exercises at the end of each chapter can be a little equation-intensive, and some of the exercises, such as the proper derivation of the IS-LM curve, require differentiation. The text of each chapter itself is not so vicious, so a energetic instructor could conceivably use this book in a lower-level course, if you were willing replace the book's exercises with easier ones.
Anyhow, the seventh edition has just come out: this has a bluish abstract geometric-type design on a tan background. The ISBN-13 is 9781429238120. The sixth edition had a blue cover; the fifth edition had an orange cover. The publisher, Palgrave-MacMillan, claims that the seventh edition balances "short-run and long-run issues in a way that emphasizes the relevance of Keynesian and classical ideas to current practice. Featuring the latest data and extensive coverage of the current financial crisis, the text has also been revised with the addition of new case studies on real-world issues such as President Obama's stimulus plan and a study of hyperinflation in Zimbabwe."
Mankiw is also well-known as the author of "Principles of Macroeconomics," currently in its fifth edition (ISBN-10: 0324589972; ISBN-13: 978-0324589979), at least as of my writing. This text is more appropriate for freshman-level, non-major survey courses, or for high-school courses provided that they're honors courses, such as AP courses. The exercises at the end of each chapter require only arithmetic and the most rudimentary algebra.Read more ›
Microeconomics is the study of the economic behavior of people as individuals and in organizations such as corporations. Macroeconomics is the study of economic behavior of human beings as nations and the economic interactions between nations. It involves aspects of the economy such as money, savings, growth, stocks and flows, inflation, unemployment, taxation, national budgets and so forth. The study does not prefer one type of government policy over another, but studies the tradeoffs of the effects of different economic choices. Those of us who prefer specific outcomes will prefer certain choices over others, but that is not a part of the broader topic.
Mankiw writes this volume in his clear and concise style. He notes that he remembers being a student and not appreciating long textbooks, so he worked hard to keep this book as tight as possible. He also uses short case studies, apt cartoons, clear graphs, chapter summaries, a list of key concepts for each chapter, questions for review, as well as problems and applications to help the diligent reader master the material he provides. There are discussions of functions within each chapter, but much of the math is put into footnotes and in chapter appendices.Read more ›
I recommend this book to people who want to understand econ without trudging through the swamp of repetition, needless technicality, and headache.
So why did I give it only four stars? I was disappointed by the relative neglect -- in spite of the many "case studies" -- of the micro-economic, historical, and institutional realities that underlay the graphs and algebra of conventional macroeconomic analysis. Let me give two examples of what I mean:
-- According to Ben Bernanke, Asian countries responded to the financial turbulence of the 1990s by amassing huge foreign exchange reserves to defend their currencies against future attacks. These savings have for the most part been invested in the U.S., where they have financed trade deficits and fueled asset bubbles in the equities and housing markets. In other words, capital has flowed from relatively capital-poor countries to a capital-rich country, where it has paid for consumption binges.Read more ›
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Bought as required reading for a class. Good read. Very informative.Published 16 months ago by Dannielle Thompson
Book has pages painted by pencil and some with pen, but for the price, I assumed I was going to find something like that. Appart from that the book its good.Published 23 months ago by Fernando Conde