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Macroeconomics, Student Value Edition (7th Edition) (Pearson Series in Economics) 7th Edition

2.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0136114895
ISBN-10: 013611489X
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Product Details

  • Series: Pearson Series in Economics
  • Loose Leaf: 639 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (January 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013611489X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136114895
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another reviewer mentioned he/she got a version without MyEconLab (which costs $50 extra to purchase separately). I thought he/she just bought it off of someone in the Amazon *marketplace*. Nope, I bought the version "sold by and fulfilled by Amazon" and I also got shafted. The book is supposed to come in shrinkwrap with MyEconLab login sheet attached to it, but mine came without it. If you need the login, your university bookstore may just be the cheapest place to find this thing.

Update: I gave it 2 stars initially for the rip-off. Now, after having read the book, I'd give it 3 to 5 stars for content. My University of Chicago professor did a lot better job explaining the concepts than the book, so maybe my expectations are inflated, but I thought that Abel/Bernanke could have made it more simple and less verbose. Still, if you can stay focused enough to read this thing (I had a hard time and I like the subject matter), it does explain macro much better than some of the alternatives I've seen before. Also, the "real life" application green sections are incredibly valuable, as they contain some empirical data to show which theories are most likely valid; e.g. does lowering personal taxes actually "stimulate the economy" (increase GDP). A lot of macroeconomics is about which theory/assumptions you end up believing, and this book does a decently good and impartial job at pointing you in the "probably right" direction. You will also gain some appreciation for why macroeconomists can disagree so strongly about basic policy issues.

Overall, I'd give this book three stars compared to my grad school professor but five stars comparing to my undergrad professor and textbook. If you are forced to learn macro by just reading this book, you'll get a pretty good basic understanding without too much pain (comparing to the alternatives of course).
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Ugh, more firewood for my textbook campfire...

Nothing against the authors but I bought this book for class, opened it twice, and found no value in the material. The text throws a bunch of terms out there but doesn't elaborate further. Macroeconomics is already a subject that is full of inaccuracies, confusion, and boring material. This was no different.
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This book doesn't have the Myeconlab code in it, but it doesn't notice. It's normal to say no return after opening the package. However, if I don't open the package, how do i know there is no code?
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The seller was really nice about shipping this to me, since I wanted it sent in a specific time frame so that I get it on a specific date....but I could have gotten this way cheaper and didn't realize until I already bought it. Also, I thought the MyEconLab code/CD could be used as a supplement, so I made sure I got them, but it turns out that you can't use them unless your professor has an account you can access them through.
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For the most part the theory aspect and writing in this book was not bad, however- At the end of each chapter there are problems to do. My teach would often quiz us or grade us on these problems. One problem though, the book does not teach how to do these problems or give sample problems for the most part. If there are sample problems, they are often hard to follow, but for the most part nonexistent.

The math problems are not hard, but its been about 5-6 years since I've done math like this and I'm a little rusty. A few sample problems here and there would have made taking this class a lot easier.
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Despite the fact that the title says Myeconlab, it does not include myeconlab. I informed amazon customer service that this was clearly misleading. For some reason they have yet to fix the description. Another student in my class had the exact same problem. If your class requires access to Myeconlab along with the Abel/Bernanke book, then please check out the other amazon listing: Macroeconomics & MyEconLab Student Access Code Card (7th Edition). No point in others wasting time waiting for the book to arrive only to realize it's not the whole package.

AMAZON, PLEASE FIX THE DESCRIPTION. DON'T SAY IT INCLUDES MYECONLAB IN THE TITLE WHEN IT DOESN'T!
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The book is packed with information and cost significantly less than the newer edition. I really enjoyed going through the chapters. The writing is quite easy to read and explanations are very clear.
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This book has great condition but it was Asia edition. It only worse less than $30 but I paid more than 70. Even the ISBN number is different.
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