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Principles of Macroeconomics, 7th Edition

  • Fred M. Gottheil University of Illinois
  • ISBN-10: 1285064437  |  ISBN-13: 9781285064437
  • 504 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Bring the study of economics to life with PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS, 7TH EDITION. Award-winning educator and author Fred Gottheil speaks directly to student experience through a conversational writing style and narrative that uses stories, familiar examples, engaging scenarios, and relevant examples from literature emphasizing that economic principles can be found in all aspects of modern life. The text focuses on the key questions and presents the basic concepts-developing economic analysis step-by-step. The result is a more interactive and enjoyable learning experience when compared to the pedantic approaches often found in texts. Each chapter in the seventh edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the most relevant data and critical issues, such as how the rash of foreclosures that continues to plague our economy today is related to the repeal of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act in 1999, as well as emerging issues such as the current research on the Economics of Happiness and its integration into utility analysis. The Keynesian concept of the liquidity trap is new to the text and is added to help explain the factors that undermine the effectiveness of current monetary policy. We invite you to see for yourself how Fred Gottheil's approach will help to shorten the distance between students and the exciting study of economics.

Features and Benefits

  • Perspectives Feature: "Perspectives" features found in each chapter are categorized to illustrate how economic applications can be found in many different contexts. For example, women now represent more than 50 percent of labor unions and the respective issues and interests that subsequently affect labor negotiations are analyzed.
  • Chapter Reviews: "End-of-Chapter Questions" test students' understanding of qualitative concepts covered in each chapter, while new "Practice Problems" test their understanding of quantitative or graphical techniques. Self quizzes provide student 8-10 practice questions with answers provided in the appendices.
  • In-Chapter Self-Assessment: "Check Your Understanding" sections raise questions at key junctures in the text for students to assess their comprehension as they read. Arrows then point to the portion of the text that contains the explanation. More of these features are now included in each chapter.
  • Interactive Examples: "Your Turn" features in every chapter provide an example of a concept discussed in the text, then encourage students to visit the Gottheil Web site to post an example of their own, as well as to see what examples other students have come up with.
  • Graphing Problems: End-of-chapter Practice Problems include graphing problems which either ask the student to identify what is wrong with a graph that is intentionally drawn incorrectly, or to reproduce a key graphical model from the chapter.
  • Analytical Research Activities: "Economic Consultants" features place students in the role of the economist for a hypothetical economic research and analysis firm. These features require economic thinking and analysis, asking students to prepare a report for a client addressing the fundamental economic issues from the chapter. Useful Internet addresses are included to help with research and analysis.

Table of Contents

Principles of Macroeconomics.
1. Introduction.
2. Production Possibilities and Opportunity Costs.
3. Demand and Supply.
4. Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply.
5. Gross Domestic Product Accounting.
6. Consumption and Investment.
7. Equilibrium National Income.
8. Fiscal Policy: Coping with Inflation and Unemployment.
9. Long-Run Economic Growth and Business Cycles.
10. Money.
11. Money Creation and the Banking System.
12. The Federal Reserve System and Monetary Policy.
13. Can Government Really Stabilize the Economy?
14. Government Spending.
15. Financing Government: Taxes and Debt.
16. International Trade.
17. Exchange Rates, Balance of Payments, and International Debt.
18. The Economic Problems of Less-Developed Economies.

What's New

  • New Concepts: Several new topics are introduced in the 6th edition, including economic bubbles, the sub-prime housing fiasco, immigration, and the economic plight of the bottom billion of our world population. Gottheil's treatment of these concepts stands apart through the use of interesting examples that speak to the students' experience.
  • The role of uncertainty and speculation in economic decision making has become a central piece in the analysis of the economic bubbles which have been in recent headlines. This sixth edition also borrows from Paul Collier's 2007 volume The Bottom Billion and its analysis of economic problems of the less developed economies and why they have failed to join the many others who manages to perform so well during the past half century.
  • Updated Real Data: When appropriate, tables and graphs have been updated to emphasize and incorporate real 2008 data, which connects theory to the real world increasing student interest and comprehension.
  • Updated Supplement Package: The text's proven supplement package has been revised to include current data, technology updates, and content changes within the text.
  • New Illustrations: Up-to-date illustrations have been classroom-tested in Gottheil's own large economics lectures and show students the relevance of economic concepts to current events that are seemingly not related.


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This newly revised feature explains, reviews, and tests the important principles introduced in every chapter. Featured sections include Chapter in a Nutshell, Concept Check, Am I on the Right Track?, Graphing Tutorials, Graphing Pitfalls,True-False Questions, Multiple-Choice Questions, Fill-in-the-Blank Questions, and Discussion Questions. Available in a comprehensive version or in Microeconomics versions.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Fred M. Gottheil

Fred M. Gottheil is a professor of economics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He came to Illinois in 1960, planning to spend one year before returning to his native Canada. But he fell in love with the campus, the community, and the Midwest, and has been at Illinois ever since. He earned his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and his Ph.D. at Duke University. His primary teaching is the principles of economics, and on occasion, he has taught the history of economic thought, Marxian economics, and the economics of the Middle East. He is the author of "Marx's Economic Predictions" and numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals, among them the "American Economic Review", the "Canadian Journal of Economics", the "Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics" and the "Middle East Reviews." Although he enjoys research, his labor of love is teaching the principles course. His classes have been as large as 1,800 students. He has won a plethora of teaching from the university, the college, and department of economics. Aside from his research and publications as a professor of economics, Professor Gottheil is also on the university's medical faculty, co-teaching the College of Medicine's course on medicine and society. As well, he is director of the University of Illinois's Center of Economic Education. In this capacity, he organizes and team-teaches minicourses and workshops on the principles of economics. He was a White House consultant on the Middle East during the Carter Administration and offered expert testimony to several congressional committees. Professor Gottheil was a visiting professor at Northwestern University and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He has lectured at many universities in the United States, Canada, and abroad, including universities in Syria, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.