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Publisher's Summary

Here Partha Dasgupta, an internationally recognized authority in economics, presents readers with a solid introduction to its basic concepts, including efficiency, equity, sustainability, dynamic equilibrium, property rights, markets and public goods. Throughout, he highlights the relevance of economics to everyday life, providing a very human exploration of a technical subject.

Dasgupta covers enduring issues such as population growth, the environment, and poverty. For example, he explores how the world's looming population problems affect us at the local, national, and international level. Economics has the capacity to offer us deep insights into some of the most formidable problems of life. Here, Dasgupta goes beyond the basics to show it's innate effects on our history, culture, and lifestyles.

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  • Di
  • United States
  • 10-01-10

Great Book to know some economics

This is great book for you to understand some economics. Another good book is Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell.

The voice of Gayle Hendrix is really sweet! Worth your Money.

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  • Marie
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 04-10-13

Half good, half a tad dull

This is a good intro to economics. The beginning of the book was quite interesting and engaging but towards the end a little less so. I enjoyed the comparison of the life and opportunities of a girl in the West and a girl in the rural undeveloped world. But for some reason the book is not as engaging in the second half of the book.

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Don't purchase this audio book.

1/3 of this book is economics but the other 2/3 feels like sociology. I would rather buy a normal or traditional economics textbook instead of listening to this audio book.

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Not the introduction I was expecting.

What was most disappointing about Partha Dasgupta’s story?

The writer jumps around between topics and, in doing so, loses clarity. For a clearer, more comprehensive and stimulating introduction to economics, which includes the history of economic thought, I would recommend Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics. It is far superior!

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  • Nsb103
  • 08-24-09

Narrowly focused and incomplete

The author focuses primarily on the economics of climate change and developing countries contrasted with developed countries. While authoratative on that narrow aspect of the subject, it is not an overview of the development and present state of economic theory, which is what the title had led me to expect.

If you want to learn about climate change from an economic perspective, and why poor countries are poor, this is the book for you. If you want a brief overview of economics, you will be disappointed.


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