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Economics : a very short introduction / Partha Dasgupta.

By: Dasgupta, Partha.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Very short introductions: 156.Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007Description: 172 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 0192853457 (pbk.); 9780192853455 (pbk.).Subject(s): EconomicsDDC classification: 330 Other classification: QC 072
Contents:
Preface -- List of illustrations -- List of tables -- Prologue -- Macroeconomic history -- Trust -- Communities -- Markets -- Science and technology as institutions -- Households and firms -- Sustainable economic development -- Social well-being and democratic government -- Epilogue -- Further readiing -- Index.
Review: "Partha Dasgupta's Very Short Introduction to Economics is an up-to-date, intelligible introduction to how economics uncovers and explains the processes that shape our lives. Combining examples from everyday life with a global approach that considers not just the economics of the West but also the economics of the world's 2.4 billion rural poor, Dasgupta reveals how economics can give us deep insight into some of life's most formidable problems, and offer solutions to those problems too."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-162) and index.

Preface -- List of illustrations -- List of tables -- Prologue -- 1. Macroeconomic history -- 2. Trust -- 3. Communities -- 4. Markets -- 5. Science and technology as institutions -- 6. Households and firms -- 7. Sustainable economic development -- 8. Social well-being and democratic government -- Epilogue -- Further readiing -- Index.

"Partha Dasgupta's Very Short Introduction to Economics is an up-to-date, intelligible introduction to how economics uncovers and explains the processes that shape our lives. Combining examples from everyday life with a global approach that considers not just the economics of the West but also the economics of the world's 2.4 billion rural poor, Dasgupta reveals how economics can give us deep insight into some of life's most formidable problems, and offer solutions to those problems too."--BOOK JACKET.

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This book is not a compact version of the conventional economics principles text. More modestly, Dasgupta (Univ. of Cambridge) attempts to convey an understanding of the reasoning used by economists to interpret the world and influence public policy. Explanations and forecasts, crafted with the aid of models and statistics, illustrate economists' methods in analyzing economic growth and development over the broad sweep of macroeconomic history. The author presents microeconomic analysis, in game theoretic terms, as an effort by individuals and communities to engage in mutually beneficial transactions. Some of these transactions occur in markets, to which a brief chapter is devoted. Others are enabled by an array of social institutions, including governmental institutions, which often resolve market failures or provide alternatives to market outcomes. The final third of the book covers bits of finance economics, social choice theory, and a relatively lengthy, speculative interpretation of sustainable economic development. Overall, this is an engaging, idiosyncratic introduction to economics as it perhaps should be practiced, but largely at variance with economics as served up in most introductory academic courses. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; all levels of students; faculty and practitioners. R. S. Hewett Drake University

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Partha Dasgupta is Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College. His book, An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution (OUP, 1993) was praised as 'a tour de force... a model of good economics' (Joseph Stiglitz) and 'philosophically sophisticated,empirically well-informed, ambitious and lively' (James Griffin).

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