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Economic issues today : alternative approaches
Carson, Robert Barry, 1934-
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Sixth edition.
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Armonk, NY : M. E. Sharpe, [1999]

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xii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Central Library HB171.5 .C2917 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Highly accessible and relevant in today's economic environment, this acclaimed resource provides a unique approach to understanding what the practice of economics is all about. It analyzes current economic issues from three different ideological perspectives: Conservative, Liberal, and Radical.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Part 1 Introductionp. 1
Alternative Economic Philosophies: A Survey of Conservative, Liberal, and Radical Critiquesp. 3
Part 2 Problems in the Marketplacep. 33
Issue 1 Responding to Market Outcomes: Competition or Protection for American Agriculture?p. 35
Issue 2 Consumer Welfare: Is the Consumer Sovereign or Exploited?p. 56
Issue 3 Dealing with Externalities: How Can We Save the Environment?p. 73
Issue 4 Imperfect Competition: What Should Our Policy Toward Big Business Be?p. 90
Issue 5 Economic Regulation: Has Deregulation Worked?p. 110
Issue 6 Income Distribution: How Successful Will Our Experiment with Welfare Reform Be?p. 131
Issue 7 Financing Government: What Is a Fair System of Taxation?p. 157
Part 3 Problems of Aggregate Economic Policyp. 179
Issue 8 Macroeconomic Instability: Are We Depression-Proof?p. 181
Issue 9 Economic Growth and Stability: An Active or a Passive Policy Approach?p. 204
Issue 10 Balancing the Federal Budget: A Strengthening or a Weakening of the National Economy?p. 231
Issue 11 Unemployment: Is Joblessness an Overrated Problem?p. 253
Issue 12 Inflation: How Can We Best Maintain Price Stability?p. 273
Issue 13 International Economics: Where Does America Fit into the New World Order?p. 295
Issue 14 The Market Versus Planning and Controls: Which Strategy Works Better?p. 324
Part 4 Conclusionp. 347
Final Thoughts and Suggested Readingsp. 347
Indexp. 351

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