Common Sense Economics
Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (CSE) is a highly readable and relatively short book (194 pages). It helps readers understand how the economy works, what may be done to make it work better, and how to make better voting, career and financial choices. Basic concepts of economics are used applied to both political and personal decision-making. Four parts divide the book: (1) Ten Key Elements of Economics, (2) Seven Major Sources of Economic Progress, (3) Economic Progress and the Role of Government, and (4) Twelve Key Elements of Practical Personal Finance. CSE covers what people really need to know in order to make wiser choices as consumers, investors, and citizens. Examples are widely used throughout, and the language is straightforward. Graphic and mathematical analyses are intentionally kept to a minimum. This emphasis on basic concepts, practical applications, personal finance, and understanding how the world works sets this book apart from other introductory texts. And it is affordable, currently about $13 on Amazon.com.
The book has a companion web site, http://www.commonsenseeconomics.com/, which offers the following resources:
- Supplementary materials for instructors using any economics textbook (discussion starters, Podcasts of classic and fun readings, references to media clips, test-bank materials, essay questions, power point slides, and graphics).
- Student learning materials (reader's guide, practice questions, and other interesting supplements).
- Cool Stuff (games, activities, video clips, cartoons, and other fun stuff).
- Details about the book and how to order an examination copy for adoption consideration.