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Economics: Private and Public Choice 16th Edition
James D. Gwartney | Richard L. Stroup | Russell S. Sobel | David A. Macpherson
ISBN-13: 9781305506725 | ISBN-10: 1305506723
© 2018 | Published |  802  Pages
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Prepare students to apply economic concepts to the world around them as ECONOMICS: PRIVATE AND PUBLIC CHOICE, 16E reflects current economic conditions. This readable book integrates public choice analysis and explains the operation of markets and the political process as well as market failure and government failure. The book emphasizes why it is vital to understand both the market and political processes since approximately 40 percent of national income is allocated through the political process. Up-to-date coverage presents major current macroeconomic models and stresses the difficulties models face in explaining recent economic data. Students analyze the Great Recession of 2008-2009. This book dispels common economic myths and uses the "invisible hand" metaphor to explain economic theory. This edition includes Aplia online with revised questions, accessibility on mobile devices, improved graphing, and a new interactive eReader with videos and graphing tutorials.



  • Part I: THE ECONOMIC WAY OF THINKING.
    1. The Economic Approach.
    2. Some Tools of the Economist.
    Part II: MARKETS AND GOVERNMENT.
    3. Demand, Supply, and the Market Process.
    4. Supply and Demand: Applications and Extensions.
    5. Difficult Cases for the Market, and the Role of Government.
    6. The Economics of Political Action.
    Part III: CORE MACROECONOMICS.
    7. Taking the Nation’s Economic Pulse.
    8. Economic Fluctuations, Unemployment, and Inflation.
    9. An Introduction to Basic Macroeconomic Markets.
    10. Dynamic Change, Economic Fluctuations, and the AD--AS Model.
    11. Fiscal Policy: The Keynesian View and the Historical Development of Macroeconomics.
    12. Fiscal Policy: Incentives, and Secondary Effects.
    13. Money and the Banking System.
    14. Modern Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy.
    15. Stabilization Policy, Output, and Employment.
    16. Creating an Environment for Growth and Prosperity.
    17. Institutions, Policies, and Cross-Country Differences in Income and Growth.
    Part IV: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS.
    18. Gaining from International Trade.
    19. International Finance and the Foreign Exchange Market.
    Part V: CORE MICROECONOMICS.
    20. Consumer Choice and Elasticity.
    21. Costs and the Supply of Goods.
    22. Price Takers and the Competitive Process.
    23. Price-Searcher Markets with Low Entry Barriers.
    24. Price-Searcher Markets with High Entry Barriers.
    25. The Supply of and Demand for Productive Resources.
    26. Earnings, Productivity, and the Job Market.
    27. Investment, the Capital Market, and the Wealth of Nations.
    28. Income Inequality and Poverty.
    Part VI: APPLYING THE BASICS: SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS.
    Special Topic 1. Government Spending and Taxation.
    Special Topic 2. The Economics of Social Security.
    Special Topic 3. The Stock Market: Its Function, Performance, and Potential as an Investment Opportunity.
    Special Topic 4. Great Debates in Economics: Keynes versus Hayek.
    Special Topic 5. The Crisis of 2008: Causes and Lessons for the Future.
    Special Topic 6. Lessons from the Great Depression.
    Special Topic 7. The Federal Budget and the National Debt.
    Special Topic 8. The Economics of Health Care.
    Special Topic 9. Earnings Differences Between Men and Women.
    Special Topic 10. Do Labor Unions Increase the Wages of Workers?
    Special Topic 11. The Question of Resource Exhaustion.
    Special Topic 12. Difficult Environmental Cases and the Role of Government.
    Appendix A. General Business and Economics Indicators for the United States.
    Appendix B. Answers to Selected Critical Analysis Questions.

    • SECTION HIGHLIGHTS ECONOMIC THINKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT. Students view today’s government involvement and decisions from a unique economic perspective using the latest information as well as historic data on the Great Recession and lessons learned from the Great Depression.
    • COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE EXAMINES ITS IMPACT. Students carefully review the influence of international trade on growth and the prosperity of nations today.
    • PRACTICAL APPROACH APPLIES ECONOMIC THEORY TO CURRENT ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES. Students see the relevance of the theories they are learning as they apply what they learn directly to pertinent topics in the world around them.
    • NEW "KEYS TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY" FEATURES DIRECT READER FOCUS TO CRITICAL ECONOMIC FACTORS. This feature helps students fully appreciate the organizational and institutional factors that form the foundations for economic progress. These "Keys to Economic Prosperity" features highlight the importance of factors, such as gains from trade, secure property rights, competition, and free trade, as sources of economic prosperity.
    • COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS REVIEWS THE PROLONGED LOW INTEREST RATES OF THE PAST DECADE. Students closely examine the factors that influence interest rates and examine why rates have remained consistently low throughout the past 10 years.
    • NEW COVERAGE EXAMINES THE IMPACT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ON ECONOMICS TODAY. Readers review the influences and use of contemporary technology and its effect on GDP as a measure of economic well-being.
    • TIMELY MATERIAL COMPARES COST OF LIVING DIFFERENCES. Students examine how cost of living differences across cities and states affect real earnings.
    • NEW COVERAGE EXAMINES OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING. Students study this government regulation in detail and review its impact on earnings.
    • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE SCRUTINIZES THE ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE. Students review this timely topic from a unique economic perspective.
    • UPDATES ASSESS CONTEMPORARY CHANGES IN FEDERAL RESERVE POLICY. Readers study how the Federal Reserve Policy has been modified in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008-2009.
    • REVISED MATERIAL ANALYZES MINIMUM WAGE. Readers review the impact of minimum wage, including increases at the city level.
    • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE ADDRESSES INCOME INEQUALITY AND POVERTY. This edition delves into the details of these pressing economic issues and recent developments that have affected them.
    • NEW "APPLICATIONS IN ECONOMICS" APPLY ECONOMIC THEORY TO REAL-WORLD ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES. These features illustrate the importance and power of the economic principles addressed in the book.
    • NEW "MEASURES OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY" BOXES EXAMINE SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC INDICATORS. These boxes detail how important economic indicators, such as the unemployment rate and the index of leading indicators, are assembled and what they mean.
    • NEW "OUTSTANDING ECONOMISTS" BOXES INTRODUCE LEADERS WHO HAVE SHAPED ECONOMICS TODAY. These features, integrated throughout this edition, highlight the lives of major economists and focus on how their work has contributed to the development of economics.
    • NEW "MYTHS OF ECONOMICS" ARTICLES CORRECT COMMON ECONOMIC FALLACIES. These boxed articles dispel commonly held fallacies of economic reasoning. Because students are tomorrow’s leaders, it is imperative that they are aware of common economic misperceptions that can hamper a nation’s economic progress.
    • CHAPTER FOCUS QUESTIONS AND CLOSING KEY POINT SUMMARIES. Each chapter begins with four or five questions that summarize the focus of the chapter. At the end of each chapter, the Key Points section provides students with a concise overview of the material covered in the chapter and revisits the chapter learning objectives. These two features help students better integrate the material into the broader economic picture.
    • NEW CRITICAL ANALYSIS QUESTIONS CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO APPLY WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED. Each chapter concludes with a set of discussion questions and problems designed to test the student’s ability to analyze economic issues and to apply economic theory to real-world events. Appendix B at the end of the text contains suggested answers for approximately half of these questions.
    • UPDATED TABLES, GRAPHS, AND ECONOMIC APPLICATION BOXED FEATURES REFLECT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD. These visual reinforcements and opportunities for practical application throughout the book have been thoroughly updated to ensure your students are working with the latest information.
    • EXPANDED COVERAGE HIGHLIGHTS THE ROLE OF POLITICAL ACTION IN ECONOMICS. With approximately 40 percent of national income allocated through the political process, this book now clearly demonstrates the significant impact today’s political decisions have on current and future economic developments.
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  • James D. Gwartney holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. His writings have been widely published in both professional journals and popular media. He is a co-author of COMMON SENSE ECONOMICS: WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WEALTH AND PROSPERITY (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), a primer on economics and personal finance.

    Dr. Gwartney’s current research focuses on the measurement and determination of factors that influence cross-country differences in income levels and growth rates. In this regard he is the co-author (with Robert Lawson and Joshua Hall) of the annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, which provides information on the institutions and policies of 157 countries. This data set, published by a worldwide network of institutes in 80 countries, is widely used by scholars investigating topics ranging from economic growth to peaceful relations among nations.

    Dr. Gwartney served as Chief Economist of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress during 1999-2000. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Adam Smith Award of the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his contribution to the advancement of free market ideals. He is a past President of the Southern Economic Association and the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.

    Richard L. Stroup is Professor Emeritus of economics at Montana State University and Professor Emeritus of economics at North Carolina State University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington. From 1982 to 1984 he served as director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Stroup has published and lectured on topics such as global warming, land use regulation, archaeology, and about needed environmental policy improvements. His research helped to develop the approach known as free market environmentalism. He is a co-author of COMMON SENSE ECONOMICS: WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WEALTH AND PROSPERITY (St. Martin’s Press, 2016). His book ECONOMICS: WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ECONOMICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT (Washington: Cato Institute, 2003) was sponsored by the Property and Environment Research Center, of which he is a co-founder.

    Russell S. Sobel earned his Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University in 1994. He has published more than 200 books and articles, and has received national recognition for his works on entrepreneurship and FEMA reform. Dr. Sobel serves on the editorial board for three academic journals, and on the advisory board for four university centers. He has won numerous awards for both his teaching and his research. He regularly teaches courses in both principles of economics and public economics and gives lectures at economic education outreach programs. Dr. Sobel is a Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship at The Citadel.

    David A. Macpherson is the E.M. Stevens Distinguished Professor of Economics and Economics Department Chair at Trinity University. Previously, he was Director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and the Rod and Hope Brim Eminent Scholar of Economics at Florida State University, where he received two university-wide awards for teaching excellence. His teaching areas include principles of microeconomics, money and banking, econometrics, and labor economics.

    Dr. Macpherson is an applied economist whose research focuses on real estate, pensions, discrimination, industry deregulation, labor unions, and the minimum wage. He has published more than 60 articles in leading economics and real estate journals, including Review of Economic and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Real Estate Economics and Finance. His research has been funded by a variety of entities including the National Science Foundation, Florida Legislature, and the National Association of Realtors. He is co-author of the undergraduate labor economics text, CONTEMPORARY LABOR ECONOMICS, 11E as well as the annual UNION MEMBERSHIP AND EARNINGS DATA BOOK: COMPLIATIONS FROM THE CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY. He is included in WHO’S WHO IN ECONOMICS, 4E which includes the 1,200 most frequently cited economists. Dr. Macpherson received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.