Higher Education

Consumer Economics Issues in America, 9th Edition

  • E. Thomas Garman Professor Emeritus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • ISBN-10: 0759352623  |  ISBN-13: 9780759352629
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 2002, 2000
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $192.75



The ninth edition of Consumer Economic Issues in America, is a comprehensive update of one of the most thorough and readable texts in the field. The text is straightforward and highlights the fundamental consumer economic issues affecting all consumers. Author E. Thomas Garman educates and empowers students as they gain knowledge of their rights and responsibilities as consumers. An emphasis is placed on understanding the American economic system, consumer concepts, evaluative criteria and environmental issues. The book takes a normative, pro-consumer viewpoint.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: What Is the Consumer Interest?
Chapter 2: The Consumer Movement
Chapter 3: Consumer Rights, Responsibilities and Remedies
Chapter 4: Rip-offs and Frauds in the Marketplace
Chapter 5: Laws That Help Consumers
Chapter 6: The Capitalistic American Marketplace
Chapter 7: Economic Concepts Critical to Consumer Success
Chapter 8: Consumers in the Global Marketplace
Chapter 9: Government Regulation of Economic Interests
Chapter 10: Government Regulation of Consumer Interests
Chapter 11: Policymaking and Consumer Issues
Chapter 12: Decision Making in Today's Complex Society
Chapter 13: The Planned Buying Process
Chapter 14: Food Issues
Chapter 15: Health Care Issues
Chapter 16: Product Safety Issues
Chapter 17: Banking, Credit and Housing Issues
Chapter 18: Insurance and Investment Issues
Appendix: Careers in Consumer Affairs

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

E. Thomas Garman

A renowned author, advisor, and academic, Garman is a Fellow and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Virginia Tech University, where he directed the National Institute for Personal Finance Employee Education. He subsequently founded the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation. Author of 40 book's and 200 academic research articles, Garman directed several award-winning research studies that link the financial fortunes of employers with the financial health of their employees. Research consistently shows that decreasing employee financial distress and improving personal financial well-being creates better workers. Garman's research has been the most cited in the field for over 20 years. He has worked for a U.S. senator in Washington, D.C., in economic development in West Africa, and for a national non-profit credit counseling organization. He is an elected Distinguished Fellow of both the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and the American Council on Consumer Interests. Garman has served on advisory boards for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners, American National Standards Institute, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and National Advertising Review Board. His consulting includes work for Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America, Manulife Financial, AT&T, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Department of Defense. His work has been featured in hundreds of publications, including USA Today, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News & World Report, and he has appeared on National Public Radio and NBC Nightly News.