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Foundations of Economics : A Beginner's Companion - Yanis Varoufakis

Foundations of Economics

A Beginner's Companion

Hardcover Published: 18th June 1998
ISBN: 9780415178914
Number Of Pages: 424

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Foundations of Economics breathes life into the discipline by linking key economic concepts with wider debates and issues. By bringing to light delightful mind-teasers, philosophical questions and intriguing politics in mainstream economics, it promises to enliven an otherwise dry course whilst inspiring students to do well.
The book covers all the main economic concepts and addresses in detail three main areas:
* consumption and choice
* production and markets
* government and the State.
Each is discussed in terms of what the conventional textbook says, how these ideas developed in historical and philosophical terms and whether or not they make sense. Assumptions about economics as a discipline are challenged, and several pertinent students' anxieties ('Should I be studying economics?') are discussed.

Prefacep. vii
Foundationsp. 1
Introductionp. 3
p. 41
Textbooks on Consumer and Choice Theoryp. 43
History of Textbook Modelsp. 76
Do We Maximise Utility (even Subconsciously)? Should We?p. 94
p. 119
Textbooks on Firms, Production and Marketsp. 121
History of Textbook Modelsp. 149
is the Textbook's Theory of Production Good Economics, Good Politics, Both or Neither?p. 166
p. 203
Textbooks on Markets and Social Well-Beingp. 205
History of Textbook Modelsp. 247
Can a Capitalist Society Be Good?p. 279
Conclusion to Book 1: Foundations and Beyondp. 322
Anxietiesp. 333
Does Economic Theory Matter?p. 335
The Curse of Economicsp. 354
Further Readingp. 378
Referencesp. 382
Name Indexp. 386
Subject Indexp. 388
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ISBN: 9780415178914
ISBN-10: 0415178916
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 18th June 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.85
Edition Number: 1

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