Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy

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9781846684586: Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy

An updated edition of the authoritative resource on the realities of the modern economy

People have always had an interest in how the economy works, and that interest has only been magnified as a result of the Great Recession. Economics, Third Edition: Making Sense of the Modern Economy takes complex concepts and makes them easy to understand, presenting the concepts in the context of today's economic environment. Details the sources of economic growth, and the role of central banksExplains both macro and microeconomicsAnalyzes why the recession of 2008 happened and how it was dealt with, as well as its short- and long-term effects

Free of jargon and with few charts or tables to sort through and pore over, "Economics, Third Edition" helps everyone from students to statesmen quickly and easily grasp how the economy really works in the real world, and how it affects our daily lives.

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Now in its third and radically revised edition, this highly readable, hugely popular guide to economics is aimed at everyone from students to statesmen who want to grasp how economic theory works in practice and make sense of the modern world.

Part one considers what economics is about. It starts with debates about basic economic ideas, then covers the sources of economic growth such as investments in equipment and in people's skills; the role of central banks and fiscal policy in managing the ups and downs of the economic cycle; and the insights that economics provides into a vast variety of things, ranging from credit card fees to prostitution.

Part two moves from the underlying theory to an overview of the world economy: the forces shaping the world economy, including the rise of emerging economies, global imbalances and the runaway world of finance; the recent "great" recession—why it happened, how it was dealt with, its effects, legacy, and the challenges before the global economy in the years ahead.

Part three puts the usefulness of economics under the spotlight. It looks at the criticisms of the "dismal science" by those who think it needs to change to regain its relevance, and also at the ways in which economics is changing through the use by economists of new tools and techniques—sometimes borrowed from other disciplines—to help them understand the way the world works today.

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Saugato Datta, editor of this collection, is a specialist writer on economics for the Economist.

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