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Why do college students take economics? They may take economics to fulfill college requirements, because they think it may be the key to future riches, or for any number of other reasons. You know that the purpose of teaching economics is much larger, and the stakes are much higher—preparing students for informed and critical engagement with the burning issues of the day. And that's what Dollars & Sense Real World Economics books do. Here's what one college student was inspired to write to us:

Your analysis was incredibly helpful in understanding the recession and why recovery has been so lackluster. I simply wanted to express my gratitude for cutting through the smog of disinformation that our corporate media perpetuates and getting the facts out to people.

NEW EDITIONS! Real World Macro (32nd ed.) and Real World Micro (22nd ed.) feature insightful analysis relating today’s hot-button issues to core textbook concepts and heterodox economic ideas.

Real World Macro asks the questions that standard textbooks largely neglect: What’s so great about growth? Is unemployment natural? Why is inequality increasing? Features a chapter on "Resistance and Alternatives" to dominant theories, policies, and institutions. With contributions from Randy Albelda (UMass-Boston), Dean Baker (CEPR), Robert Pollin (UMass-Amherst), Marty Wolfson (Notre Dame), and many more.

Real World Micro puts neoclassical theory up against reality, in which disparities of wealth, power, and organization shape the economy, and benefit some groups at others’ expense. With a "Policy Spotlight" chapter on the supposed coming "generational war"—including selections on education, debt, pensions, and the environment. With contributions from James K. Boyce (UMass-Amherst), Juliet Schor (Boston College), Chris Tilly (UCLA), and many more.

Latest editions of these best-selling anthologies

Learn moreReal World Macro, 32nd edition.
ISBN: 978-1-939402-18-9. List Price: $34.95

Learn moreReal World Micro, 22nd edition.
ISBN: 978-1-939402-19-6. List Price: $34.95

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"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

Praise for Dollars & Sense's Real World Economics books:

"Useful and accessible." —JAMES K. GALBRAITH, University of Texas

"A marvelous teaching tool." —TIM KOECHLIN, Vassar College

"Accessible yet without compromise of rigor." —GERALD SUSSMAN, Portland State University

Introduce your students to Real World Economics:

America Beyond CapitalismReal World Banking and Finance (7th ed.)

Current Economic Issues (18th ed.)The Economic Crisis Reader (2nd ed.)

NEW! The Economics of the Environment (3rd ed.)Real World Globalization (13th ed.)

Introduction to Political Economy (7th ed.)Labor and the Global Economy

Real World Labor (2nd ed.)Real World Latin America (2nd ed.)

NEW! Real World Macro (32nd ed.)NEW! Real World Micro (22nd ed.)

NEW! Microeconomics: Individual Choice in Communities (2nd ed.)

Striking a Balance: Work, Family, LifeThe Wealth Inequality Reader (4th ed.)

Unlevel Playing Fields: Understanding Wage Inequality and Discrimination (4th ed.)

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