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21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook

21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook

Two Volume Set
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May 2010 | 1 048 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Interest in economics is at an all-time high. Among the challenges facing the nation is an economy with rapidly rising unemployment, failures of major businesses and industries, and continued dependence on oil with its wildly fluctuating price. Economists have dealt with such questions for generations, but they have taken on new meaning and significance.

Tackling these questions and encompassing analysis of traditional economic theory and topics as well as those that economists have only more recently addressed, 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook is a must-have reference resource.

Key Features

  • Provides highly readable summaries of theory and models in key areas of micro and macroeconomics, helpful for students trying to get a "big picture" sense of the field
  • Includes introductions to relevant theory as well as empirical evidence, useful for readers interested in learning about economic analysis of an issue as well for students embarking on research projects
  • Features chapters focused on cutting-edge topics with appeal for economists seeking to learn about extensions of analysis into new areas as well as new approaches
  • Presents models in graphical format and summarizes empirical evidence in ways that do not require much background in statistics or econometrics, so as to maximize accessibility to students

"Including an array of entries from the diverse subject areas constituting contemporary economics; it explains important concepts without overwhelming readers with complex mathematics. Those readers interested in reviewing the underlying math involved with a particular entry will find references and further readings with a list of sources to consult... Summing Up: Essential. **** Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, and general readers."-CHOICE

C.D. Anderson
Bryant University
Key features
  • Designed to highlight the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates within the field today, this reference handbook provides undergraduate economics majors with an authoritative resource to serve their research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but not so much jargon, detail, or density as a journal article.
  • General Editor Rhona C. Free (a 2004 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year from Eastern Connecticut State University) worked alongside an Editorial Board consisting of Jeff Ankrom (Wittenburg University), Robin Bartlett (Denison College), Karl Case (Wellesley College), and Wendy Stock (Montana State University) to identify 100 key, curricular-driven topics and to select authors from a wide range of universities and perspectives.  Board members and others then reviewed chapters to ensure content would be correct, current, and balanced.
  • Authors came from universities and policy institutes around the world and represent well-known, distinguished scholars as well as doctoral students working in areas that have only recently gained attention of economists.  Most important, they reflect the full range of ideological, methodological, and political orientations and perspectives present in the discipline.
  • Most chapters follow a consistent format of theory, applications, empirical evidence, policy implications, and future directions, highlighting new questions likely to be explored by economists in the future, new methods being developed to analyze data, fresh insights from other disciplines, and policies likely to be developed.
  • Authors sought just the right level of detail and depth of analysis to provide explanations that will be accessible to college students, along with the most recent evidence and most interesting applications, writing right up to deadline so as to incorporate the latest government figures and research.
  • While the chapters in this book provide a good place to begin researching or studying a topic in economics, they also provide direction for where to go next, concluding with bibliographies and references for further reading intended to introduce students to classic resources to guide their research quests.
  • Included among the chapters are cutting-edge topics, e.g., neuroeconomics, the economics of happiness, etc.
  • Availability in both print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access, both on campus and off.

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