- Publisher: Addison Wesley; 6th Ed edition (August 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201882639
- ISBN-13: 978-0201882636
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,410,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through close reading of this textbook, I was able to fully understand economic terms and the graphing of economic forces (supply/demand curves, GDP curves, aggregate supply/demand curves, etc.) Parkin's explanation of each graph facilitated a true understanding of economics.
With excellent, easy-to-understand writing and extensive use of graphs, Parkin's guide served as an Economics bible, and I did not need any supplementary reading for the course. Although a little confusing in certain areas such as growth theory, as a whole, Parkin's text is undoubtedly the only textbook you'll ever need.
Parkin's graphs and explanations are generally excellent and well worth reading.
To Parkin's credit, he clearly distinguishes between positive and normative conclusions of economics. Many introductory textbooks become dogmatic regarding the author's conclusions.
Some readers apparently do not like the additional information and text boxes that Parkin includes in this book. These criticisms appear to be misguided. One of this book's greatest strengths is that it is not afraid to admit that it is introductory. In many ways the best introductory texts are survey-type books that allow you to learn the language and primary concerns of that field of study. Further courses in price theory, public choice, welfare economics, antitrust, money & banking all rely on a strong conceptual understanding of basic economics. After reading Parkin the careful reader will be able to comprehend the primary considerations of economics and communicate with more advanced scholars in this field.
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this is a very good, well written textbook. I'd buy books from these authors again.Published on May 12, 2009 by Thomas Frankowski
Parkin does a good job of introducing the elements, and is particularly helpful with the graphs. However, he labors, generally unnecessarily, concepts that are quite... Read morePublished on February 4, 2003
Parkin's text is probably one of the best introductory textbooks for economics. The primary criticisms of Parkin's text seem to stem from its perspective on teaching economics. Read morePublished on June 12, 2000
A very bad economic decision to buy this book. Brief, highlighted notations; unclear charting examples - and "Reading Between the Lines" is a silly way to pad the book... Read morePublished on September 6, 1999