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Brief Principles of Macroeconomics, 8th Edition

  • N. Gregory Mankiw
  • ISBN-10: 1337091987
  • ISBN-13: 9781337091985
  • 456 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2012, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Mankiw’s BRIEF PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS, 8TH is especially created for the instructor who wants to use a text with fewer introductory chapters than the full Macroeconomics book. The most widely-used text in economics classrooms worldwide, this book by superb writer and economist N. Gregory Mankiw stresses the most important concepts without overwhelming students with excessive detail. Thorough updates keep all chapters fresh and relevant with the most current macroeconomic coverage. MindTap, the cutting edge online digital solution, is available with new enhancements in Graph Builder and Adaptive Test Prep that offer students extra preparation in graph drawing and test review. A team of award-winning economic instructors and experts who have worked with this book since its first edition ensure this edition’s premier ancillary package is the most extensive and powerful in the industry to provide everything you need to support your macroeconomic course.


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About the Author

N. Gregory Mankiw

N. Gregory Mankiw is Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University. For 14 years he taught EC10 Principles, the most popular course at Harvard. He studied economics at Princeton University and MIT. Prof. Mankiw is a prolific writer and a regular participant in academic and policy debates. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behaviour, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. His work has also appeared in more widely accessible forums, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. Prof. Mankiw has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office, and a member of the ETS test development committee for the advanced placement exam in economics. From 2003 to 2005, he served as chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Table of Contents

1. Ten Principles of Economics.
2. Thinking Like an Economist.
3 .Interdependence and the Gains from Trade.
4.The Market Forces of Supply and Demand.
5. Measuring a Nation’s Income.
6. Measuring the Cost of Living.
7. Production and Growth.
8. Saving, Investment, and the Financial System.
9. The Basic Tools of Finance.
10. Unemployment and Its Natural Rate.
11. The Monetary System.
12. Money Growth and Inflation.
13. Open-Economy Macroeconomics: Basic Concepts.
14. A Macroeconomic Theory of the Open Economy.
15. Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply.
16. The Influence of Monetary and Fiscal Policy on Aggregate Demand.
17. The Short-Run Tradeoff between Inflation and Unemployment.
18. Six Debates over Macroeconomic Policy.

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  • VIDEO APPLICATIONS BY GREG MANKIW FEATURE THE AUTHOR INTRODUCING CHAPTER CONTENT. Author N. Gregory Mankiw introduces the important themes in every chapter by delivering a highly relevant deposition on the real-world context to the economic principles that will be appearing in the upcoming chapter. These videos are intended to motivate students to better understand how economics relates to their day-to-day lives and in the world around them.
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