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Economics learning recommendations
This page provides subject-specific learning recommendations for the subject economics. See all our learning recommendations pages |
Books for learning
|Book||Author||ISBN and purchase links||Price estimate||Why we're recommending it and who we're recommending it for|
|Introduction to Economics||Preston McAfee and Tracy Smith||ISBN 160049000X, book website||free||In addition to being freely available online, the book has also been highly recommended in a LessWrong thread on the best economics books. It covers all the standard economics topics quite well, and also includes some unusual topics.|
|Principles of Economics||N. Gregory Mankiw||ISBN 978-1285165875, Amazon hardcover||$250-300 (buy), $75-100 (rent)||The book is a fairly good introduction to economics. Parts of the book have also been published as separate books (microeconomics and macroeconomics). The main drawback is the high price -- if you are able to get a cheap used version, it would be worthwhile. The microeconomics part was highly recommended in a LessWrong thread on the best economics books.|
|Price theory and applications||Steven E. Landsburg||ISBN 978-0324579932, Amazon hardcover||This is considerably cheaper than Mankiw, and not to different in quality, but is a less standard text.|
|Economics||Paul Krugman and Robin Wells||ISBN 978-0716771586, Amazon||We don't have inside information on this book.|
|Economics||Paul Samuelson and William Nordhaus||ISBN 978-0073511290, Amazon||The book is reasonable, but perhaps somewhat outdated. It used to be the standard text before Mankiw came along.|
|Modern Principles of Economics||Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok||ISBN 978-1429202275, Amazon||~$200-250||A fairly good but nonstandard text.|
Books for learning by casual reading
See our economics reading recommendations page. The page also lists good blogs to follow.