- Hardcover: 768 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (June 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132080230
- ISBN-13: 978-0132080231
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After comparing some of the questions with classmates, it would appear that the questions in the 8th edition are the same as this 7th edition. (Obviously I have not checked every single question, but so far, so good!)
If you want to save an exorbitant amount of money, get this book!
(Price not taken into account with this rating. The book is ridiculously overpriced, like all textbooks, but that's not a specific problem here.)
It's an excellent, thorough text. The writing is not as engaging as Mankiw and Pindyck is more math-intensive (which I think is a good thing). Pindyck is, I think, more thorough than Mankiw. And Mankiw most definitely has a distinctly conservative political bent. Most of the excerpt writers in the book are very conservative (George Will, Jeff Jacoby). A handful of liberals are offered -- just a handful (Krugman). And Mankiw's characterization of a number of issues is conservative.
By contrast, Pindyck/Rubenfeld is far better balanced and far more rigorous.
The catch with the Kindle edition is that nearly all of the great layout and typesetting of the print edition is gone. Simple things like paragraph indents are gone, making straight reading more difficult. Type treatment (head/subhead, sans-serif, serif) is mostly gone. Color treatments to aid navigation of the text is gone.
So why does the Kindle edition cost $90 when the full print edition costs $135? 67% of the cost for 45% of the quality? $90 is a lot to spend just for the convenience of not carrying a large physical book. There are points where the absence of the print edition's formatting several hampers reading and clarity. Why? File size? And the fact that the Kindle is black and white?