Real World Micro

Real World Micro cover
Date of publication:
June 2016

Real World Micro is a great supplement to any mainstream introductory textbook. In addition to presenting alternative perspectives on the basics—supply and demand, production and consumption decisions, market structure and monopoly, market failure and the roles of government—Real World Micro relates theoretical principles to current controversies about income distribution, environmental protection, taxes, labor, trade, and (in a new "Policy Spotlight" chapter) intergenerational equity.

Organized to follow the outline of a standard economics text, each chapter leads off with a brief introduction, including study questions for the entire chapter, to help students relate the articles to the theories in standard textbooks. Its contents provide vivid, real-world illustrations of key economic concepts.

Real World Micro’s well-researched, readable articles are drawn from the pages of Dollars & Sense, the leading magazine of popular economics.

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"The principles of economics books (yes, even mine) tend to be on the dull side and leave aspects of the economy and economics unchallenged. Real World Micro and Macro can spice up your course and lead students to ask the type of questions they should be asking." —DAVID COLANDER, Middlebury College

"I’ve had great success with Real World Micro. Students really like its short, snappy analysis of current events and feel challenged by its alternative viewpoint." —SUSAN HELPER, Case Western Reserve University