Macroeconomics in Context

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Starting off with a look at human well-being (which is used later as a measure of economic performance), this unique text covers standard macroeconomic models/topics with the extra dimension of looking at environmental sustainability and quality of life. Income distribution, job quality/matching, and underemployment are not well captured by U.S. unemployment statistics, but are dealt with here in some detail.
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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
Nov 24, 2013
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Pages
528
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ISBN
9780765638762
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economics / Macroeconomics
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