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The Best Economics Textbooks for Serious Students

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If you are studying economics as an academic subject or just want to learn more about it then you will find that textbooks are a great resource for this. These have been written by the sharpest minds in economics and are usually brimming with information. There have been many of these academic books produced over the years; here are just some of the best economic textbooks.

Economics by Campbell McConnell and Stanley Brue – 17th Edition (2006)

This is considered one of the top economics textbooks on the market and it has been praised for its straightforward approach to the subject. All the information is provided that will give a good foundation in economics. This is not only useful for students but also anyone with an interest in the subject. This is also a good book to have in your bookshelf as a reference resource. Most of the theories and principles are provided with graphs or illustrations to make things as clear as possible.

Principles of Economics by N. Gregory Mankiw – 5th Edition (2008)

This book is a good bet if you want to learn the main principles of economics. This is another textbook that is commonly used on undergraduate programs around the world. Most readers find that this book is laid out in such a way that it makes assimilation of the material easier. This is one of the easier textbooks to understand and a good choice for those new to the subject.

Economics – 3rd Edition by R. Glenn Hubbard and Anthony P O’Brien (2009)

The real selling point of this textbook is that the authors manage to make the subject so engaging. All the main principles come with illustrative examples while really shed light on things by making them easier to understand. This is a good introduction text for anyone who wants to learn about economics – it isn’t just useful for students.

Economics by Roger A. Arnold – 9th Edition (2008)

Many students complain that economic textbooks tend to be hard to read and boring. This book by Arnold bucks the trend because it is written in simple English with no unnecessary confusing text. The author obviously understands students well because the information is presented in such an easy to absorb manner.  Everything in this book is presented in a concise and clear way and you should have a much better understanding of the subject by the time you finish; you are likely to want to dip back into this book again in the future though.

Introduction to Economics by Stockman – 2nd Edition (1999)

The author of this book is much respected in his field and this is why there is so much interest in this introduction to economics. The author uses simple explanations to make difficult concepts clearer; he is also not afraid to put his own views on paper. This is the exact same material as Professor Stockman uses with his students and it has been refined over his many years of teaching the subject.

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