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How to Think Like an Economist

How to Think Like an Economist - 05 edition

How to Think Like an Economist - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780324015751

ISBN10: 0324015755

How to Think Like an Economist by Roger A. Arnold - ISBN 9780324015751
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: South-Western Publishing Co.
International: No
How to Think Like an Economist by Roger A. Arnold - ISBN 9780324015751

ISBN13: 9780324015751

ISBN10: 0324015755

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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How To Think Like an Economist offers instructors a tool to both motivate students and get them to recognize how economics affects their everyday lives. In less than 200 pages, How to Think Like an Economist consists entirely of economics "stories" and real-world applications that the author has used in his class to help hundreds of students make the connection between economics and their lives.


  • Appealing Writing Style: Concise, easy-to-read "stories" draw students into an understanding of economics in their lives.
  • Thinking Like an Economist: Each chapter concludes with a summary overtly addressing how an economist would look at the issue. This helps readers envision not just a major in economics, but what economists do day-to-day and why their work is important.
  • Teaching Support: The preface offers 6 different suggested instructional methods for seamlessly incorporating the book's material into the Principles course.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

2. There Is a Right Amount of Everything.

3. Have a Question, Build a Theory.

4. Change Often Begets Change.

5. Why Is It Harder to Predict than to Explain?

6. Did you Really Mean to Pay for That?

7. Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side of the Fence?

8. Why There Will Always Be Lies and Liars.

9. How Things Will Turn Out.

10. What Kinds of Explanations Do Economists Use?

11. Good Things Can Just Happen.

12. Winners and Losers.

13. Life Is Just One Big Real Estate Market.

14. Rational Men and Women.

15. Rationing Devices.

16. Where's Waldo? Where's the Economics?

17. Drug Busts and SUVs, or the Importance of Thinking in Threes.

18. Is It the Same Everywhere? Is It the Same All the Time?

19. Gifts, Trades, and Transfers.

20. There Are No $10 Bills on the Sidewalk.

21. Ratios: More than Twice As Good

22. More Than Common Sense Is Needed.

23. Did I Ask For This? Would I Have Asked For This?

24. Right For Me, Right For You, But Wrong For Us.