Real World Micro

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Date of publication:
June 2022

The thoroughly updated and revised 29th edition of Real World Micro contains new articles addressing the latest real-world issues and controversies—including the “Great Resignation” in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis, the false promises of cryptocurrencies, and the economic causes of Boeing’s troubled safety record—and ongoing issues such as the minimum wage, tech monopolies, the “gig” economy, stock-market gyrations, and trade policy. The articles in Real World Micro bring complex topics to life and highlight the effects of economic change on communities, workers, and the environment.

Organized to follow the outline of a standard economics text, the book includes a brief introduction for each chapter, including discussion questions for all articles, to help students relate the articles to the theories in standard textbooks. Its contents provide vivid, real-world illustrations of key economic concepts.

Real World Micro’s well-researched, readable articles are drawn from the pages of Dollars & Sense, the leading magazine of popular economics.

Please click on the "Table of Contents" tab above to see what’s in the new 29th edition.

"The principles of economics books (yes, even mine) tend to be on the dull side and leave aspects of the economy and economics unchallenged. Real World Micro and Macro can spice up your course and lead students to ask the type of questions they should be asking." —DAVID COLANDER, Middlebury College

"I’ve had great success with Real World Micro. Students really like its short, snappy analysis of current events and feel challenged by its alternative viewpoint." —SUSAN HELPER, Case Western Reserve University