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The Economy

Economics for a Changing World

First Edition

The CORE Team

Publication Date - November 2017

ISBN: 9780198810247

1000 pages
Paperback
10.0 x 8.0 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

The only introductory economics text to equip students to address today's pressing problems by mastering the conceptual and quantitative tools of contemporary economics

Description

Oxford University Press has partnered with the international collaborative project of CORE researchers and teachers to bring students a text and learning system that complements and enhances CORE's open-access eBook.

The Economy:
*offers new approach that integrates recent developments in economics including contract theory, strategic interaction, behavioral economics, and financial instability
*challenges students to address inequality, climate change, economic instability, wealth creation, and innovation
*provides a unified treatment of micro- and macroeconomics
*supports all models and concepts with evidence and real-world applications
*adapts to students' own learning styles with interactive model building
*acts as the standard for the Economic principles course at University College London, Sciences Po Paris and the Toulouse School of Economics

A new economics for the principles course

The Economy begins with social interactions using elementary game theory and institutions modelled as rules of the game. This provides the basis for a modern treatment of markets including price-making as well as price-taking, the exercise of power, and the importance of social norms and adjustment to disequilibria.

Introducing labour and credit markets with incomplete contracts allows a consistent treatment of aggregate employment and fluctuations without the need for ad hoc sticky price and wage assumptions. Banks create money by extending credit and a central bank seeks to implement a target inflation rate.

Growth and instability are illustrated from the Great Depression, through the post-war golden age of capitalism through to the financial crisis and ensuing uncertainties. Students acquire an understanding of the past and current evolution of the economy in its social and environmental context, equipping them to marshal evidence and articulate positions about contemporary policy issues.

Pedagogical features
DT Economist in Action videos by Al Roth, James Heckman, Thomas Piketty, and others give students a glimpse of what economists do and how they engage in real policy questions
DT How economists learn from facts boxes introduce students to research practice including how to identify causation using experiments and other methods
DT When economists disagree features engage the student with evidence and controversies
DT The Read more suggestions direct the reader to resources they can consult to take their learning further
DT Student-paced interactive diagrams suited to diverse learner capabilities are available within the CORE open access ebook available here: http://www.core-econ.org/
DT Multiple-choice questions (with explanations of correct and incorrect answers) allow students to self-test their understanding
DT Great Economists panels showcase a range of influential thinkers who have shaped the path of economics
DT Definitions explain important terms right where needed
DT Einsteins provide an opportunity for readers to explore the quantitative aspects of the topics under discussion in more detail
DT Online Leibniz calculus supplements provide a calculus-based course option, enhancing flexibility of use.

The Economy is further augmented by the online learning and assessment tool, Dashboard, making it the complete solution for teaching and learning the principles of economics.

Additional support resources for the lecturer include:
DT Lecture slides plus animated slides of all figures and charts
DT 250 data sets in Excel for student exercises
DT Unit by unit guides to teaching
DT Suggested course structures for standalone micro and macro, and a course for non-majors

The use of The Economy also brings to lecturers membership of a growing global network of curriculum innovators changing how economics is taught worldwide.

Features

  • Offers new approach that integrates recent developments in economics including contract theory, strategic interaction, behavioral economics, and financial instability
  • Challenges students to address inequality, climate change, economic instability, wealth creation, and innovation
  • Provides a unified treatment of micro- and macroeconomics
  • Supports all models and concepts with evidence and real-world applications
  • Adapts to students' own learning styles with interactive model building
  • Acts as the standard for the Economic principles course at University College London, Sciences Po Paris and the Toulouse School of Economics

About the Author(s)

The CORE Team

Samuel Bowles heads the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute. He has taught economics at Harvard, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Siena. His books include Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions and Evolution (2005) and The New Economics of Inequality and Redistribution (2012). He has also served as an economic advisor to Nelson Mandela and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.

Wendy Carlin directs the CORE project. She is Professor of Economics at University College London and a Research Fellow of the CEPR. She is on the Expert Advisory Panel of the Office for Budget Responsibility in the UK. With David Soskice, she has coauthored three books: Macroeconomics and the Wage Bargain (1990), Macroeconomics: Imperfections, Institutions and Policies (2006), and Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability and the Financial System (2015). For more than a decade, she was co-managing editor of Economics of Transition. In 2016 Wendy was awarded the CBE award for services to economics and public finance.

Margaret Stevens is Professor of Economics and Head of Department of Economics at the University of Oxford, where she has taught undergraduates studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) since 1993. Her research interests include labor economics and public economics, public policy issues relating to health, education, and vocational training.

Table of Contents

    1. The Capitalist revolution
    2. Technological change, population and growth
    3. Scarcity, work and choice
    4. Social interactions
    5. Property and power: Mutual gains and conflict
    6. The firm: Owners, managers and employees
    7. The firm and its customers
    8. Supply and demand: Price-taking and competitive markets
    9. The Labour market: Wages, profits, and unemployment
    10. Banks, money and the credit market
    11. Price-setting, rent-seeking, and market dynamics
    12. Markets, efficiency and public policy
    13. Economic fluctuations and unemployment
    14. Unemployment and fiscal policy
    15. Inflation, unemployment and monetary policy
    16. Technological progress, employment and living standards in the long run
    Capstones
    17. The Great Depression, golden age and global financial crisis
    18. The nation and the world economy
    19. Economic inequality
    20. Economics of the environment
    21. Innovation, information and the networked economy
    22. Economics, politics, and public policy

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