The Economic Conversation

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9780230506800: The Economic Conversation
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"It is only by argument, by conflict if you like, that economics makes progress." John Maynard Keynes.

The Economic Conversation by Arjo Klamer, Deirdre McCloskey and Stephen Ziliak, is a groundbreaking new first-year undergraduate principles of economics textbook that does far more than teach the basic principles. It uses entertaining and insightful dialogues in the text to actively involve and engage students in the debates surrounding economic arguments.  

The dialogues take the form of candid and lively conversations among the three authors and a group of student characters, who give voice to the kind of probing questions and insights made by real students as they grapple with this challenging subject for the first time. Through these conversations, students are memorably introduced to the assumptions, goals and values that underlie economic principles in a manner that actually shows them how to make economic arguments themselves.

Innovative pedagogical features, including technical workshops and concept checks interspersed throughout the text, ensure that students gain a firm grasp of the subject matter. These features, combined with the authors' clear and entertaining writing style, make this book an exceptionally accessible and engaging text that will inspire and excite students' interest.

The Economic Conversation is designed for full-year economics courses covering micro- and macroeconomic principles, but it is priced to be competitive with "split" editions, making it suitable for semester, quarter or modular courses in introductory microeconomics or macroeconomics.   

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About the Author:

ARJO KLAMER is Professor of the Economics of Art and Culture at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and holds the world's only chair in the field of cultural economics. Prior to that, he taught for many years at several universities in the US, including Wellesley College and George Washington University.

DEIRDRE MCCLOSKEY is UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication University of Illinois at Chicago, USA and Distinguished Professor in Philosophy and Art and Cultural Studies Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

STEPHEN ZILIAK holds graduate degrees in both Economics and the Rhetoric of the Social Sciences. He has taught at a number of universities, including Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, where in 2002 he was voted 'Faculty Member of the Year' and in 2003 'Most Intellectual Professor'. Ziliak is (with McCloskey) the author of The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives. He is currently Professor of Economics at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois.  

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