Microeconomics in Context

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Microeconomics in Context lays out the principles of microeconomics in a manner that is thorough, up to date, and relevant to students. Like its counterpart, Macroeconomics in Context, the book is attuned to economic realities--and it has a bargain price. The "in Context" books offer affordability, accessible presentation, and engaging coverage of current policy issues from economic inequality and global climate change to taxes.
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About the author

Neva Goodwin is Co-Director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University, USA and Co-Chair of the Board of the New Economics Institute.

Jonathan Harris is Senior Research Associate and Director, Theory and Education Program, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, USA.

Julie Nelson is Department Chair and Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.

Brian Roach is Research Associate, Theory and Education Program, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, USA.

Mariano Torras is Professor in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Adelphi University, USA.

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Publisher
M.E. Sharpe
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Published on
Dec 30, 2013
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Pages
416
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ISBN
9780765638809
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economics / Microeconomics
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Visit www.gdae.org/europeanmacro/ for online resources for both lecturers and students.

A video of a panel discussion about the book can be found at https://youtu.be/xjHJrW9WP44.

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