- Taschenbuch: 672 Seiten
- Verlag: Mcgraw-Hill Publ.Comp.; Auflage: 8th Revised edition. (1. November 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0070166749
- ISBN-13: 978-0070166745
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,1 x 2 x 28,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 141.331 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Microeconomics and Behavior (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. November 2009
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Robert H. Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, where he also teaches principles of microeconomics in the College of Arts and Sciences. His "Economic View" column appears monthly in The New York Times. After receiving his B.S. from Georgia Tech, he taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nepal.
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Now, onto the book itself. Some reviewers have commented on how there is a lack of mathematical material in this book. That's true, but it goes without saying that this book is titled Microeconomics and BEHAVIOR. The intention of this book isn't to delve deep into mathematical economic theory, but rather to help you think like an economist, aiding your understanding of the behaviors of consumers and suppliers that drive economic models. And given that focus of the book, it succeeds by presenting information clearly, understandably, and in an interesting manner. The chapters themselves only require an understanding of algebra, but there are also chapter appendices that offer calculus-based analyses on each of the chapter's main concepts as well.
My intermediate microeconomics professor was Dr. James Halteman, the one who wrote the study guide for this textbook. He told our class a story of a former student of his who went on to law school and regretted not taking this book with him. I would affirm that this book is definitely a keeper.
Lastly, the reviewer firstname.lastname@example.org commented on how the study guide was a waste of money. I would agree to the extent that while the chapter summaries are a good way to cram for tests if you don't have time to read the whole chapter, the review questions are oftentimes confusing and/or poorly worded. But the good news is that you can access the entire study guide online (and legally) for free at [SEE COMMENT BELOW] The online resources even offer a bonus chapter and additional multiple choice questions that you can take for practice. I hope this helps!
The author also does a poor job labeling his graphs, which can make for very confusing reading. The graphs are not standardized within the same chapters, or even on the same page, which means a lot of mental shifting about what a particular graph is trying to convey. What he does label are rather useless abstract abbreviations that may show the relationships between various curves, but that don't convey much meaningful information.
I thought that economics was simply hard to understand, until I started reading "Principles of Economics" by Taylor and Weerapana alongside Frank. Taylor and Weerapana do an outstanding job structuring the material and giving crystal clear explanations of all the concepts I've needed. Their illustrations and graphs are models of clarity and each chapter builds logically on what came before. It's more expensive than the softcover version of Frank, but for me the switch has meant the difference between exasperation and understanding. Their book also covers macroeconomics, which was an added bonus and might help defray costs if you're taking both classes. If your professor insists on using Frank's book, do yourself a favor and get a second book to help you understand. Economics can be fun and enlightening, but not the way Frank teaches it.