Synopses & Reviews
The Economics of Public Issues is a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking and classroom discussions in principles of economics, public policy, and social issues courses. The Foundations of Economic Analysis: Death by Bureaucrat; Ethanol Madness; Flying the Friendly Skies?; The Mystery of Wealth. S upply and Demand: Sex, Booze, and Drugs; Expanding Waistlines; Is Water Different?; Slave Redemption in Sudan; Smoking and Smuggling; Bankrupt Landlords, from Sea to Shining Sea. Labor Markets: (Why) Are Women Paid Less?; The Effects of the Minimum Wage; Immigration, Superstars, and Poverty; A Farewell to Jobs. Market Structures: Monopsony and Competition in Health Care; Big Oil, Big Oil Prices?; Contracts, Combinations, and Conspiracies; Coffee, Tea, or Tuition-Free?; College Costs (…and Costs and Costs); Keeping the Competition Out; Political Economy: Raising Less Corn and More Hell; Killer Cars and the Rise of the SUV; Crime and Punishment; The Graying of America; Heavenly Highway. Property Rights and the Environment: The Trashman Cometh; Bye-Bye, Bison; Smog Merchants; Greenhouse Economics. International Trade and Economic Prosperity: Free Trade, Less Trade, or No Trade?; The $750,000 Steelworker; The Lion, the Dragon, and the Future. For all readers interested in principles of economics, public policy, and social issues..
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is 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 today’s important issues and gaining a deeper understanding of current economic policy concerns.
About the Author
Roger LeRoy Miller received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is currently Director of the Institute for University Studies in Arlington, Texas. Dr. Miller is a legal specialist and author of numerous books on law and the legal environment, including criminal procedure. In addition, Dr. Miller has authored books on the war on drugs, the economics of crime and criminal behavior, and on related topics.
Daniel K. Benjamin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California at Los Angeles where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Benjamin has taught at Montana State University, the University of Washington and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Currently, he is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a visiting distinguished scholar at the University of Liverpool, England. He also served on the executive committee of the Western Economic Association. During the Reagan administration, he spent several years in Washington, D.C. where he was deputy assistant secretary for policy and then chief of staff at the Department of Labor. Earlier, he had served as a staff economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
Douglass C. North is the Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. University of California Berkeley Research Interests: New Institutional Economics, Economic History and Economic Development He is also professor of history and a fellow of the Center in Political Economy. He was on the faculty of the University of Washington and held visiting chairs at Cambridge and Rice Universities. In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served as president of the Economic History Association and the Western Economic Association. His major interest is the evolution of economic and political institutions. The effects of institutions on the development of economies through time is a major emphasis in his work in both economic history and development.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Foundations of Economic Analysis
1 Death by Bureaucrat
2 Ethanol Madness
3 Flying the Friendly Skies?
4 The Mystery of Wealth
Part Two: Supply and Demand
5 Sex, Booze, and Drugs
6 Kidneys for Sale
7 When High Prices Are Low Prices
8 Are We Running Out of Water?
9 The (Dis)incentives of High Taxes
10 Bankrupt Landlords, from Sea to Shining Sea
Part Three: Labor Markets
11 (Why) Are Women Paid Less?
12 The Effects of the Minimum Wage
13 Immigration, Superstars, and Poverty
14 A Farewell to Jobs
Part Four: Market Structures
15 Big Oil, Big Oil Prices?
16 Contracts, Combinations, and Conspiracies
17 Coffee, Tea, or Tuition-Free?
18 College Costs (...and Costs and Costs)
19 Keeping the Competition Out
Part Five: Political Economy
20 Mortgage Meltdown
21 The Political Economy of Collapsing Bridges
22 Is Your Bank Manager Headed to Vegas with Your Money?
23 Raising Less Corn and More Hell
24 Crime and Punishment
25 The Graying of America
Part Six: Property Rights and the Environment
26 The Trashman Cometh
27 Bye Bye Bison
28 Smog Merchants
29 Greenhouse Economics
Part Seven: Globalization and Economic Prosperity
30 Globalization and the Wealth of America
31 The $750,000 Steelworker
32 The Lion, the Dragon, and the Future