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Economics of Public Issues

ISBN-10: 032159455X
ISBN-13: 9780321594556
Edition: 16th 2010
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Description: KEY BENEFIT:The Economics of Public Issuesis a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking. KEY TOPICS: The Foundations of Economic Analysis; Supply and Demand; Labor Markets; Market Structures; Political Economy; Property  More...

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List price: $35.80
Edition: 16th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Publication date: 6/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

KEY BENEFIT:The Economics of Public Issuesis a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking. KEY TOPICS: The Foundations of Economic Analysis; Supply and Demand; Labor Markets; Market Structures; Political Economy; Property Rights and the Environment; Globalization and Economic Prosperity MARKET: For readers interested in applying theoretical discussions to todayrsquo;s important issues and gaining a deeper understanding of current economic policy concerns.

Preface
The Foundations of Economic Analysis
Death by Bureaucrat (when bureaucratic choices mean life for some people-and death for others)
Ethanol Madness (how one government policy illustrates the nature of all government policy)
Flying the Friendly Skies? (how safe is commercial air travel? How safe should it be?)
The Mystery of Wealth (why some nations are rich and others are poor)
Supply and Demand
Sex, Booze, and Drugs (the unintended and often harmful consequences of prohibiting voluntary exchange)
Kidneys for Sale (does a market for human organs make sense?)
When High Prices Are Low Prices (why "record high prices" are often much lower than they seem)
Are We Running Out of Water? (on a planet that's two-thirds water, how can we be running out of the stuff?)
The (Dis)incentives of Higher Taxes (how high taxes illustrate the old adage that "there is no free lunch")
Bankrupt Landlords, from Sea to Shining Sea (when governments lower rents, tenants can suffer)
Labor Markets
(Why) Are Women Paid Less? (why are women paid less while men are working less?)
The Effects of the Minimum Wage (how a "living wage" can ruin the lives of minority youngsters)
Immigration, Superstars, and Poverty (are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer-and if not, why does it look that way?)
A Farewell to Jobs (why efforts to "save jobs" make us all poorer)
Market Structures
Big Oil, Big Oil Prices? (does ExxonMobil really decide how much we pay at the pump?)
Contracts, Combinations, and Conspiracies (why the NCAA and OPEC have more than four-letter names in common)
Coffee, Tea, or Tuition-Free? (who wins and who loses from price discrimination)
College Costs (...and Costs and Costs) (college costs have tripled, but the quality of the product hasn't; what's going on?)
Keeping the Competition Out (when the government steps in, the competition steps out)
Political Economy
Mortgage Meltdown (how Congress got us into the mortgage market mess)
The Political Economy of Collapsing Bridges (when shortsighted political decisions lead to long-term troubles)
Is Your Bank Manager Headed to Vegas with Your Money? (how deposit insurance encourages risky behavior by commercial banks)
Raising Less Corn and More Hell (how your tax dollars end up in farmers' pockets)
Crime and Punishment (incentives matter-especially to criminals)
The Graying of America (America is getting older, and you will foot the bill)
Property Rights and the Environment
The Trashman Cometh (the costs and benefits of recycling)
Bye-Bye, Bison (why some species are endangered and others aren't)
Smog Merchants (how markets can reduce pollution)
Greenhouse Economics (the economics of global climate change)
Globalization and Economic Prosperity
Globalization and the Wealth of America (is globalization all bad?)
The $750,000 Steelworker (the economic consequences of restricting international trade)
The Lion, the Dragon, and the Future (do China, India, and other modernizing nations herald the demise of America?)
Glossary
Selected References
Index

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