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101. Statistics for Business and Economics
by David R. Anderson, Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams
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Asin: 0324066716
Catlog: Book (2001-06-08)
Publisher: South-Western College Pub
Sales Rank: 32073
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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This market leading text offers a solid, comprehensive, applications-oriented approach. Written by authors who are well-known and highly regarded in the field, the text provides sound methodological development. The discussion and development of each technique is presented in an application setting, with the statistical results providing insights to decisions and solutions to problems. Statistics for Business and Economics, 8e offers proven accuracy that has led instructors to adopted it simply for its superior examples and exercises alone. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best beginner's book on statistics
If you have no clue about statistics, then this is the best book your money can money. It is crystal clear.
However, if you've already taken statistics, you might find this book to be too basic.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book for Introductory Statistics
I only have the fifth edition of this book, but it is probably similar to this edition. I used this book, when I was teaching statistics many years ago. The book is very clear and it explains each statistical concept very thoroughly.

As an online statistics tutor, I find myself referring to it all the time. It has all of the topics that are normally covered in a first course in statistics. It also has some very good chapters on elective topics such as nonparametrics, sample surveys, and quality control. I took many courses in these subjects in undergraduate and graduate school, and I find that this book is a good review for some of the things I've forgotten.

I have many statistics books both elementary and advanced. This is one of only two elementary books that I would purchase again (my teacher's edition is losing the binding!).

It is probably the most complete book on statistics that I have ever read at this level. I would certainly recommend this book to anybody who is taking statistics for the first time. I would also recommend this book to statistics majors who plan to go into teaching and need a good review text.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Book
This is a definately worthwhile learning tool which can aid anyone who is attempting to tackle statistics for the first time. The methods and theories are concise, direct, and most of all, clearly stated. The authors bring you step by step through each procedure and then offer exercises to demonstrate the process while giving you the confidence to go on.

This book was puchased midway through the semester. At that time I was struggling to maintain a C average. With the help of this book I was able to close the semester with an 89% average.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is easy to understand.
After taking this course for the second time, I found that this book really explained concepts well. I had trouble learning statistics the first time, but this book adds real-life applications making it easy to learn why it works the way it does. If you are hesitant or jittery about this class...relax. This book will make your life easier.

4-0 out of 5 stars Favoured Statistics Text by Public Health Masters Students
I only have the 4th edition of this book. I showed it, along with several others, to MPH students and asked them to select the book they would most like to use for their studies and as a reference. This book was the unanimous selection, I suspect because of its clarity and accessibility, even though it is not specifically written for public health practitioners. The only drawback for those of us in the developing world is the price, which puts it out of range for many of our students. ... Read more

102. Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA
by MaryJackson, MikeStaunton
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Asin: 0471499226
Catlog: Book (2001-05-30)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 16579
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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This book will appeal to both graduate students and practitioners. Students will value the Excel spreadsheets allowing them to develop their knowledge of modelling in finance, using a step-by-step approach accompanied by explanations using elementary mathematical statistics and probability. Practitioners will value the VBA functions as a source of up-to-date and efficient programs that can be easily used from Excel.

Standard material covered includes:

  • portfolio theory and efficient frontiers
  • the Capital Asset Pricing Model, beta and variance-covariance matrices
  • performance measurement
  • the Black-Scholes option pricing formula
  • binomial trees for options on equities and bonds
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • bond yield-to-maturity, duration and convexity
  • term structure models from Vasicek and Cox, Ingersoll and Ross
Advanced topics covered include:
  • Value-at-Risk
  • style analysis
  • an improved binomial tree (Leisen and Reimer)
  • Quasi Monte Carlo simulation
  • volatility smiles
  • Black, Derman and Toy trees
  • normal interest rate trees

    The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing the spreadsheets, VBA functions and macros used throughout the work.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage of VBA financial models
    I like the style of this book. Don't let the small number of pages fool you. The authors didn't get overly wordy explaining the basics of the models (they assume the reader is already a proficient Excel user), and focus instead on explaining the key Excel functions and VBA codes in order to allow the readers to get their own model up and running in a short time. Like the other reviewer said, the authors should be congratulated for such a superb effort.

    Many subjects are materials not normally covered in a typical MBA curriculum (although they would in a MS program) Examples: in Chapter 13, Non-normal Distributions and Implied Volatility, the authors showed the way to model a Black & Scholes Equity Option using the more realistic non-normal distribution assumptions acounting for skewness and kurtosis (non-symetry and fat tails). In the Appendix, author introduced the ARIMA models in Excel (modeled typically with statistical or time-series software packages, such as SAS or SPSS), splines curve fitting and lastly estimation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors (for estimation of principal components analysis). You will find the Excel/VBA codes bundled in the CD handy for those who wish to develop more advanced models.

    This book is a godsend for busy practitioners who want to master quickly the art and science of building numerical techniques and coding models with Excel. Feel free to email me if you need to know any details from the book.

    P.S. book divided into four components
    Part ONE: Advanded Modelling in Excel (teaches the advanced Excel functions and procedures, VBA macros and user-defined functions)
    Part TWO: Equities
    Part THREE: Options on Equities
    Part FOUR: Options on Bonds
    Appendix: Other VBA functions

    5-0 out of 5 stars Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA
    This is probably the best book written on financial modeling in excel, definitely worth the $50. Comes with a great CD-ROM. The books strength is its illustration of financial models and implantation in Excel. Since the models focus on static solutions the book is probably of greater use in academics than in industry. It would be great if there was instruction about how to input real time data into Excel and implement the models dynamically. Of particular interest to me is the great VBA code given on the CD, namely the code to calculate autocorrelation, cubic spines, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. This alone was worth the 50 bucks.

    There are some major deficiencies in this book. Noticeably absent topics include: bond portfolio immunization; swap pricing; forwards and futures hedging; the ARCH, GARCH and CHARMA models.

    My background is in finance, mathematics and computer science. Unlike the guy above, I don't see any need for advanced mathematics in order to study this book. In fact I am sure you don't. The point is to make excel do it for you. However it will a lot easier for those who understand the finance and mathematics behind what they are telling excel to do. I am assuming that those who are considering this book most likely have taken at least one college level calculus course and one statistics course. But I don't think even that is necessary and definitely not stochastic calculus.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not really satisfying
    One of the main points of programming books is to help the reader understand the models being programmed. On this count, "Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA" fails miserably. There is very little explanation of the financial concepts and models. Anyone hoping to learn finance from this book will be very disappointed.

    The result is a series of programming black boxes and ugly spreadsheets having only limited usefulness.

    Although the level of his book is somewhat lower, Benninga's "Financial Modeling" book is much better at explaining the conceptual basis of financial models. A good programmer will be better off with Benninga than with Jackson-Staunton.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stochastic Calculus?
    Being a professional Azerbijani Yak trader, I (like my esteemed colleague) have used extensively Stochastic Calculus!
    I am also very strong in the modelling & programming, area.
    Just like my esteemed colleague, I stand in awe before this book, and certainly class it as a godsend!

    The book not only applies to my current vocation, but i have found practical application for this book in the Scandanavian Seal clubbing industry.

    I have stopped my wheels spinning, life is a truly experience after reading this book.

    I also highly recommend Dr. Zeus, Cat in the Hat & Green eggs & Ham!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
    VBA is one of those tools I long knew I should be proficient in but never got around to learning. That is, not until I found this book. It makes it easy for a financial professional to quickly come up to speed and start coding VBA within spreadsheets. The fact that the focus is on financial applications means that you learn coding techniques that will be useful on the job. I highly recommend the book! ... Read more

  • 103. Economics Today: The Macro View plus MyEconLab Student Access Kit, 12th Edition
    by Roger Leroy Miller
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    Asin: 0321200519
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-25)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 33327
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    104. Mathematical Statistics with Applications
    by Dennis Wackerly, William Mendenhall, Richard L. Scheaffer
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    Asin: 0534377416
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-30)
    Publisher: Duxbury Press
    Sales Rank: 56175
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    This is the most widely used mathematical statistics text at the top 200 universities in the United States. Premiere authors Dennis Wackerly, William Mendenhall, and Richard L. Scheaffer present a solid undergraduate foundation in statistical theory while conveying the relevance and importance of the theory in solving practical problems in the real world. The authors' use of practical applications and excellent exercises helps students discover the nature of statistics and understand its essential role in scientific research. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Solid Presentation But Lacking Concision
    The sixth edition of Math. Statistics w/ Applications is a solid book with good information. However, the form of presentation was not for me. The authors have chosen an explicative style which tends to be overly wordy.

    When I begin to read a chapter, I tend to get frustrated and impatient because they either try to show you all the subtleties at once or give you a long-ass paragraph that can be said with one sentence. Thus, The most important stuff is buried in a mountain of over-whelming text.

    I have ditched this book in favor of Ghahramani's "Fundamentals of Probability, Second Edition" for my Math Stat I class.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best statistics book for econometricians
    This book is a book on mathematical statistics and hence goes further than most entry-level statistics books, which mostly deal with business statistics. This book does not reinvent the wheel, but is goes further where other books end. You will find a mathematical explanation and theorems are proved as well. Soms more advanced topics are moment generating functions and power tests. The consequention is that the learning curve is steeper. At my university, econometrics students use this book, and they couldn't have made a better choice. Logically, since econometricians don't have enough on a book with only a minor focus on formulas.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worst stat book ever
    I work as an actuary, and I have passed the first actuarial exam (the calculus and stat exam with a <30% pass ratio). My friend uses this book for her stat class, and I have found it to be a terrible book.

    I hope that any teacher reads this, and looks at the book before assigning it to a class.

    There are very few examples of problems, very little discussion of theory, and it is structured in a way that does not allow you to easily reference other texts.

    If you want a good text for challenging problems and relevant examples, try Hogg and Tanis.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book!
    This is definitely one of the best introductory statistical books around. The writing is lucid and masterly, and includes a wide variety of topics. The authors have included an abundant number of well-chosen exercises and these cover a wide spectrum showing the application of statistics to the engineering, biological, etc., sciences. My only complaints are that there is not enough on residuals and influence in the chapter on regression; the use of the hat matrix in this context would have been most beneficial, in my opinion. Also I would have very much liked to see the Fisher information in inference and the Smith-Satterthwaite procedure in hypothesis testing included. Nonethless both students and instructors will find the book extremely useful and it gets my highest recommendations!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Three standard deviations from the mean...
    As a student in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto who used "Introduction to Mathematical Statistics" by Rice as a textbook for a course on Probability and Statistics, I must say that my life would have been so much easier had I owned a copy of Wackerly's text. It is a concise, easy to follow, practical textbook that covers the material thoroughly while still presenting it in a most digestible form. ... Read more

    105. Basic Marketing, 14/e: Package #1: Text, Student CD, PowerWeb & Apps 2003-2004
    by Jr., William D. Perreault, Jr., William Perreault
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    Asin: 0072941820
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-10)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
    Sales Rank: 56991
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Basic Marketing is the market leading principles text domestically.Basic Marketing offers a very thorough integration of the latest marketing themes, topics, and examples woven throughout the body of the text.This integration of themes, topics, and examples is carefully blended with the text’s traditional strengths of clear, accessible communication, a focus on management decision-making in marketing, and completely integrated coverage of special topics such as technology, ethics, international perspectives, relationship marketing, and services. This is the first book to develop and present the 4 P’s framework when describing the components of the marketing mix (Product, Price, Place, Promotion).Where most principles of marketing texts have separate supplement authors, Bill Perreault is the creator of every item in the package.This unique involvement ensures quality, accuracy, and reliability.ity. ... Read more

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    There are various editions of this book being listed under the same ISBN.Make sure to contact the seller of the book if you buy it used to make sure the ISBN of their copy is the same as the one you are looking for!I had to order this book 2 times to get the right book!Sellers should list the ISBN of the BOOK (not the CD or whatever is included) so that buyers of this text know which one they are getting!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good marketing book
    This book was very easy to follow.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Horrible to read
    This book is horrid to read, the chapters drag on and there simply too much information crammed into one chapter. Its hard to differentiate the points in the chapters, and many of the important points are not emphasized.

    3-0 out of 5 stars well duh
    You know this book could have been nothing more than a glossary of definitions, a few summarys and outlines of the 4 this or 8 thats and it would have been much more interesting.The material in here is so basic and simple that I do the reading and don't feel that I have actually learned anything that wasn't fairly obvious to begin with.The examples are relevent if you happen to be a really slow learner and need 3 page explainations of 2 sentence definitions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Book for Principles of Marketing Course
    This is a fairly comprehensive fundamentals of marketing book.It is laid out well.It begins with an elementary explanation of the marketing discipline and its relationship to society.This is followed by anexplanation of the ingredients in marketing strategy planning.Followingthis section, the author addresses the external factors that affectmarketing decisions.This is followed by a discussion of demographic andbehavioral deminisons of the customer.Then, the author catergoriesdifferent type of customers.The next chapter presents an elementaryreview of marketing research.The most of the remainder of the textfocuses on the 4 Ps--Product, Place, Promotion, and Price.This isprobably the strongest part of the text.Throughout the text the authorincorporates global and ethical issues that relate to the subject matter ofeach chapter.This is an excellent text for a principles or fundamentalsof marketing course. ... Read more

    106. Statistics for Managers Using Microsoft Excel and Student CD Package (4th Edition)
    by David M. Levine, David Stephan, Timothy C. Krehbiel, Mark L. Berenson
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    Asin: 0131073893
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-30)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    107. Macroeconomics : Principles and Applications
    by Robert E. Hall, Marc Lieberman
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    Asin: 0324260393
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-07)
    Publisher: South-Western College Pub
    Sales Rank: 159794
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Departing from the encyclopedic nature of most Principles texts, which encourages students to simply memorize concepts and see economics as a collection of unrelated terms, formulas, graphs, and theories, this text provides students with a picture of economics as a unified discipline; a set of interrelated tools and ideas that can be used to look at the world in a different way.This book's concise, less is more approach has been carefully crafted in terms of both content and supporting pedagogy to keep students focused on learning and applying the central ideas used in economic analysis.It uniquely employs a simple methodology throughout to emulate how economists look at problems, and teaches students how to use this same analytical process in developing their own economic analysis skills.Hall/Lieberman's careful focus on core theoretical ideas as well as systematically applying the theoretical tools to interesting real-world questions conveys the message that economics is an integrated, powerful body of knowledge that can be used to address important issues. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Nice pictures, bad book
    I was required to use this book for a college macro course.I found this to be one of the worst business textbooks I've seen so far.I think it fails its job at giving the average college student a good understanding of the macro economy.

    When explaining simple concepts that should be easy to grasp, the book loads the reader down with obscure mathematical equations and other gobblygook.On rather complicated topics where additional details would help, they try to condense the topics making it difficult to see the big picture.To figure out what I was supposed to learn, I had to use other sources to help me out (i.e. websites and other business books).I also think the authors are poor at making comprehensible analogies.

    Perhaps the most annoying aspect was the author's injected liberal opinion.In a few chapters, they innuendo their griefs about how businesses are unfair to poor people and that successful individuals should have their winnings reallocated to the less privileged.They also gripe about how not everyone can find a job in a capitalist society.It seems that the authors have little understanding of concepts like competition and motivation to be successful.

    If you are a course coordinator considering this book for a macroeconomics class, please do your students a favor and seek a different book.As a student, it is more helpful to have a book free of opinions.A book that uses clear explanations rather than confusing lines and charts.If the websites and other sources I used can clearly state the material, so can a textbook!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Way more interesting than the course
    This book helped me pass my exam!The course is so boring and very dull, but this book uses everyday situations to explain the concepts.Marc Lieberman is a professor at my school and I wish I had him as a professor because all of the students who did have him said that his class is awesome.So if his class is awesome, his book has got to be awesome...right?

    This book uses alot graphics and colors, which makes it more fun to read.This the exactly how I would want to be taught economics.There is also a little humor in the book too, which makes it even more fun.So for those students who are taking economics or are going economics, this book helps ALOT.It covers the basics very well.

    Make sure you buy the most updated edition though.This book was just updated last year, so beware of those 1st edition books because they're old.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb textbook
    Easy and fun to use.Excellent blend of academia and real-life examples.Charts, graphs, and illustrations were colorful and easy to understand.Also, authors Hall and Liberman provide readers access to their macroeconwebsite for additional study. I used this text at thepostgraduate level -great for undergrads, too. ... Read more

    108. Multinational Business Finance (9th Edition)
    by David K. Eiteman, Arthur I. Stonehill, Michael H. Moffett, Chuck Kwok
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    Asin: 0201635380
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-31)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 108950
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    The Ninth Edition of this market leader communicates the complexities of international finance clearly and authoritatively.The book features a streamlined presentation, expanded attention to emerging markets, several new chapters, and four new decision cases with an emerging-markets focus.An accompanying new Casebook by Michael Moffett includes in-depth decision cases keyed to the coverage in the Eiteman text. The authors have a knack for communicating the complexities of international finance to today's students in a manner that is clear and understandable.For anyone interested in business. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Good, yet not good enough.
    This book gives plenty of background into international finance. Unfortunately, it has some big flaws, in my opinion. First, there are not enough calculation examples. Second, there are too few questions at the end of each chapter. In addition, you must go to the author's website for the solution. Once you get there, you will be surprised to find out that the author has only solved maybe two out of eight problems. That's annoying. I do not recommend this book. Take a class from another professor who uses a different text book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The International Financial Environment
    Discuss the changing world attitude toward multinational corporations and identify the evidence cited which sheds new light on the old attitude that multinational companies crowd-out local firms.

    5-0 out of 5 stars tests
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    109. Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One
    by Thomas Sowell
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    Asin: 0465081436
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Basic Books
    Sales Rank: 2200
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    The ideal companion volume to the acclaimed Basic Economics--a guide to how our economic decisions turn out in practical terms.

    The application of economics to major contemporary real world problems--housing, medical care, discrimination, the economic development of nations--is the theme of this new book that tackles these and other issues head on in plain language, as distinguished from the usual jargon of economists. It examines economic policies not simply in terms of their immediate effects but also in terms of their later repercussions, which are often very different and longer lasting. The interplay of politics with economics is another theme of Applied Economics, whose examples are drawn from experiences around the world, showing how similar incentives and constraints tend to produce similar outcomes among very disparate peoples and cultures. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book (Even for Environmentalists)
    Thomas Sowell describes economics as thinking beyond Stage One-considering the later consequences of present policies. This is a great message, and one I wish our national leaders understood. I am a biochemist and a patent attorney, and I consider myself an environmentalist. Most environmentalists, unfortunately, need to think much more about Stage Two and beyond. This book is a good way to start this process and correct some of the naivete that surrounds environmental policy proposals. Mr. Sowell's analysis of recycling, for example, is a much-needed insertion of reality into this area.
    I enjoyed the analyses of medical care and risk-taking. Mr. Sowell makes the excellent point that drug prices convey an underlying reality that is not nearly as easily changed as the prices are; drug price controls are therefore self-defeating. I felt Mr. Sowell did not go far enough on this, however. Life insurance works because it is reasonably easy to tell whether someone is dead or not, and because successfully killing someone for the insurance money is difficult and risky. Health insurance works poorly because there simply is no way to define "good" health care, much less tell whether or not someone else's child is receiving it. The demand for medical care is essentially infinite; nearly everyone would like themselves and their families to have better health than they presently do. As soon as a third party payer enters the picture, the necessary connection between demand for health care and the available resources of the patient or his family becomes a fog filled with conflicts of interest.
    Mr. Sowell's analysis of zoning laws is basically good. I agree that we need much more consideration of the role of zoning laws in creating urban sprawl. I think Mr. Sowell puts too much emphasis on the role of "open space" in this, though. The main problem is not that we don't allow people to build in the remaining open space, but that thanks to too-restrictive zoning, housing density is far too low in the locations (such as near jobs, shopping, schools, parks, and subway stations) where people want to live. In my own neighborhood (Falls Church, Virginia), demand for housing is intense and home prices are soaring, but thanks to zoning and local politics, the few remaining lots are mostly having single-family houses built on them. Ridiculous!
    Mr. Sowell's analysis is faulty in some areas. He too easily dismisses overpopulation as a serious problem. The difficulty is that if people are not required to pay the full costs of raising their own children, they will raise more children than they or their society can afford. If we are going to have such "pro-child" policies as universal free education, therefore, we must balance that with taking steps to control population.
    Mr. Sowell admits that there is a limit to the earth's capacity to sustain human life, but says this is not a problem because we are still far from the limit. I am not convinced that we are as far from the limit as he thinks. The earth's resources (and its waste sinks) are being used at a rate which is simply not sustainable even over a time span of decades, never mind centuries. Mr. Sowell's analysis would be correct if there were no externalities. The fact is, though, that resource use is in effect very heavily subsidized. Users of crude oil, for example, do not now have to pay the costs of air pollution, roads, auto accidents, wars to protect the oil flow, climate change, and the like, but instead shove these costs off onto others. As long as this continues, crude oil will continue to be overused and the economy will be less efficient as a result. I would like to see Mr. Sowell's formidable abilities applied to the problem of solving the "Stage Two" problem of externalities, rather than simply sweeping it under the rug.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One
    This new book is a spirited and controversial examination of how economic choices in public policy often result in unforeseen consequences. Sowell, a professor of public policy at Stanford and author of Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy, examines labor, medical care, housing, and other areas of economic activity. He says that in stage-one thinking, making housing affordable by setting rent controls would seem to be self-evident but that such rent controls both reduce the stock of low-rent housing and cause that stock to deteriorate in condition. He explains that many landlords don't bother to offer properties when rents are low and that those who do find very little incentive to maintain them. On the institution of slavery in the American South, Sowell says slaves were usually better cared for than other laborers because of the slave owners' economic self-interest. He defends the existence of slums as low-cost housing that in the past allowed the residents who chose to live in them to use their funds for other purposes. His predictably laissez faire approach to economics will grate on many readers, but his reasoning is clear and thoughtful. Every library covering economics or public administration will require a copy.-

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sowell Urges us to Think Ahead
    Thomas Sowell's "Applied Economics" ought to be required reading in every high school and college economics, politics, and English courses. While Mr. Sowell is Ph.D economist and fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford, his ideas are useful even to the non-economist. As a society, we tend to be taken in too easily by people who make irrational arguments that sound good at first glance but produce miserable results since no one thought about the next step. Often times, too many words are politically popular but are actually quite harmful. Such words include: "living wage," "consumer protection," "rent control," etcetera. When these ideas are actually applied in practice, the results rarely meet the rhetoric over the long-run. Politicians only tend to care about what will get them re-elected, and as a result, few of them have an incentive to think about what will happen 10 years from now. As a result, many often escape the blame since the poor results will be far removed from their disasterous policies. This, of course, could easily be construed as a problem with democracy, but instead, my feeling is that it is a problem with our educational system. If our educational system actually educated citizens to think deeply about what would be the consequences of certain policies, perhaps the heated irrational logic emanating from certain politicians would cease. Perhaps such rhetoric would continue to work in irrational hotspots such as Berkeley, but rare for it to work elsewhere. One could only hope. This book is a must read for everyone -- regardless of who you are.

    Michael Gordon

    4-0 out of 5 stars What Comes After the Bold and Noble Ideas
    This book is a much-needed antidote for those who measure the value of their policy prescriptions for their surface qualities. Are you for cheap medicine? Then you will want to regulate the prices set by pharmaceutical companies and limit the length of their patents. Are you for cheap housing? Impose rent control. How about fixing the so-called "north-south" inequalities in wealth that you believe are a result of globalization and discrimination? That's simple: increase foreign aid.

    To these solutions, and many others like them, Thomas Sowell asks a very basic but often neglected question: What happens next? Once you have imposed rent control in a city, for example, what happens to its housing market? By providing preliminary answers to these questions based on empirical evidence, Sowell undercuts the surface moralism of those who promote these ideas.

    Sowell looks at labor markets, the economics of medical care, housing and discrimination, how risk affects business, and finally provides a chapter on why various countries and regions show such different patterns of development. As with all his work, his writing is crystal-clear and enjoyable. This is a wonderful book, but I gave it four stars because Sowell has written many better.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't add up
    The arguments in the books for a FREE market doesn't add up to the conculsions. It cited many failures in government interventions as the basis for a complete free market, however there are no hard evidence that a completely free markets in the sectors covered in the book will work. In particular, it advocate a practical appraoch in that it emphasis what is important is actual experience in the past that matters, not the idealistic socialism. It is however, recent experiences that pointed to the fact that markets are never perfected. The public is misinformed about the safety of automobiles, the pubic is misinformed about the consequences of rent control. In a perfect information market, how can the public be misinformed.

    The zoning of land use is against free market. On this topic, I invite Mr. Sowell to come to Hong Kong (where I live) to see how developers (not checked by a competent government) can damage one of the most beautiful natural harbour in the world.

    Mr. Sowell's arguments are only valid if very one in the market are thinking about stage 4, otherwise it won't work. He is as idealistic as the communist.

    In the real world, we are have to balance between the two exterme and I don't think Mr. Sowell's ideal world exist in any place in the world today. ... Read more

    110. Engineering Economy
    by William G. Sullivan, Elin M. Wicks, James Luxhoj
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    Asin: 0130673382
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
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    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A practical guide for the manager
    I first used this book as a student-I found it useful then, today I insist that all managers reporting to me review, and use, the concepts and techniques provided by the authors.

    The book is useful, in that concepts are well explained, the examples are relevant, but most important for me is that it provides managers who have little or no experience in determining project costs with a handy means (including formulae and worked examples) of doing so.

    I have tried to get copies of the most recent edition, the popularity seems to be such that the book is sold out. I most readily recommend this to anyone who needs to justify capital expenditure, who needs to do project costing, and who has to prepare proposals for submission to the boss (or the board of directors)in order to obtain funds for capital expansion, refurbishment or simply equipment upgrades. ... Read more

    111. International Marketing Research
    by V. Kumar
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    Asin: 0130453862
    Catlog: Book (1999-08-25)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 640860
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Offering a sound theoretical base supported by relevant and current examples, this practical, detailed, and well-documented guide takes readers through all phases of developing and conducting international marketing research - from analyzing the nature and scope of the research, to the preliminary stages, gathering data, designing the questionnaires, sampling, analyzing the data, and more - plus includes numerous country-specific examples and provides valuable training in using the Internet for research purposes.Presents broad and comprehensive coverage of the most current information on research methodologies available. Contains examples and references from ongoing international marketing research projects, and offers country-specific information to aid researchers in conducting studies in an international market. Shows how to use the internet as an effective resource. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Decent overview of international marketing research
    I used this book in a class I took on International Marketing Research. It offered a decent overview of international marketing research concepts, but also was fairly dry in parts. ... Read more

    112. Valuation for Mergers, Buyouts, and Restructuring (Wiley Finance)
    by Enrique R.Arzac
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    Asin: 0471644447
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-20)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 29704
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    This book offers a unique combination of practical valuation techniques and the most current thinking to provide an up-to-date synthesis of valuation theory as it applies to mergers, buyouts, and restructuring. It includes detailed treatments of such topics as free cash flow valuation, valuation of leveraged buyouts, Real Option Analysis as applied to entry and exit decisions, valuation of special offer structures, and more. ... Read more

    113. The Candlestick Course
    by SteveNison, Marketplace Books
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    Asin: 0471227285
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-23)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 24686
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    Steve Nison revolutionized the world of technical analysis when his two bestselling books introduced Japanese candlestick charting techniques to the western world. "Candles," he discovered, can signal shifts in trends and price patterns with amazing accuracy, and these "storyteller" charts also contain powerful applications for today’s volatile short-term markets.

    In The Candlestick Course, Nison breaks new ground once again. From the basics through the more complex stages of pattern recognition, each chapter includes specific learning objectives, key terms, clear-cut instruction, and practical applications. Plus, each end-of-chapter quiz allows readers to perfect their charting abilities before moving on. This book is the ideal training tool for newcomers, and perfect for veterans looking to refine and hone their skills.

    Focused on the needs of today’s active traders and investors, Nison:

    • Provides a solid foundation to candlestick charts–reinforcing key skills as you go
    • Reveals how to pinpoint critical market opportunities as they arise, by recognizing key candle signals
    • Tests your ability to accurately analyze and interpret candle charts
    • Demonstrates how candlestick concepts can trigger potent decision-support tools that can confirm–or enhance–buy/sell signals
    • Includes a valuable "progressive charting" case study
    • Ties all the aspects of candlesticks together through interactive examples and visual tests

    Whether viewed as a supplement to Steve Nison’s other books and courses, or as your introduction to candlestick charting, this course book will familiarize you with the intriguing world of The Morning Star, The Hammer, The Dark Cloud Cover–and the many other powerful and precise patterns Nison shares with fellow traders and investors.

    Not just a one-time read, The Candlestick Course can be used as a valuable reference source, and quick refresher course, time and again. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
    The content of this book is good. My criticism is that the layout is badly planned. You have to refer to charts on different pages, then look at the questions on another different page, then refer to the answers on another different page etc. Lots of flipping pages back and forth, kind of ruined it for me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Shooting Stars and Belt Holds and Dark Cloud Cover
    This is a great basic primer on candlestick charting techniques by the guy who allegedly introduced it into the west fifteen years ago. All the basic one, two, and three formations from spinning tops and high wave candles to piercing lines and cloud covers to three soldiers, harami cross and evening doji stars are there. It is pretty amazing that candlesticks are so much simpler but contain more information than standard western tick and point-and-figure charts. Among the things I learned were that hammers must have shadows twice as long as the real body, and the way windows (gaps) are used for support in Japanese trading. The book is arranged with quizzes, and while repetive (and there are a couple of minor mistakes, including on one of the questions), Nisson really drives home the message. Among the things he emphasizes are that candlesticks are best for signaling reversals, and that they are best supplemented by western techniques for price targets and confirmation. Although not quite a complete novice, I'm a slow reader but it only took me three hours to read this in the library. The last part of the book takes you through a chart and points out the formations-dispelling the common critique that technical analysis is completely subjective. Highly recommended and quite a contrast to the information overload of many other trading books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book! A must have for any technical trader
    I'm reading this book now and it's amazing how much you can learn in so short a time. This is a small book but the information and the way it's presented is outstanding. I wish all of the books that required study put their material in this format. Each section has a quiz to determine that you understand the material. Not only that but detailed answers to each of the questions is included. You're getting double re-enforced learning. While it starts with the basics of candlesticks the book concludes with real examples of applying these patterns. What's really the kicker is that Steve shows how he integrates Western charting techniques with candlesticks to greatly improve the odds in trading.

    I don't expect to be a trading wizard after reading through this book but I do expect my trades will be thought out more thoroughly with the right techniques.

    Get this book even if you don't use candle charts now.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very useful book
    this book is more likely study guide for candlestick charting techniques. it contains a lot of useful exercises to test your understanding on candlestick. i strongly suggest to read other nison books before you buy this book. i give this book 4 stars because this book very useful and give more knowledge to understand candlestick

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learn Candlesticks
    This is a wonderful book. It does exactly what it claims. I've read a lot of trading books, and this is probably the only one that I've given 5 stars. Every trader has some familiarity with candlesticks, usually just enough to get into trouble trying to use them. Candlesticks can show changes in market psychology much more rapidly than traditional bar charts, but you need to know how to properly use them before using them as a major trading tool. This book really is a course that starts with the basics, then steps you through graduated complexity to using candlestick signals to trade a historical chart. Each section is followed by a quiz, with the answers provided. The answers are actually expanded course material. I learned the difference between a valid and an invalid signal. More than that, I learned how to properly use the signals. The book moves along rapidly, without a lot of irrelevant discussion or philosophy. It stays focused on the subject. I completed it in just a few hours. Get this book! Learn how to properly use candles in your trading. This course has made a difference in my trading. What more can I say? ... Read more

    114. Microeconomics: A Modern Approach (3rd Edition)
    by Andrew R. Schotter
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    Asin: 0321077474
    Catlog: Book (2000-08-02)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley
    Sales Rank: 452260
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    Certainly the most interesting treatment of Microeconomics I've read.Like most American texts, it's about twice as long as it needs to be, but I never felt the urge to give up reading and just skim the pages.

    2-0 out of 5 stars OK
    I felt that this book did not meet the "hype" that my professor created for this book.Both he and another professor at my school raved about how good it was, although both myself and more thank 12 other students (in a class of about 20) were disappointed.

    First, the book contained too many grammatical errors--I found this to be quite shocking, especially considering that the author's partner is an english prof.I also purchased the study guide from the publisher, and it too contained a few too many typographical errors.Further, I found some of the examples in the practice problems to be inappropriate, given the weak explanation in the preceding chapter section's lesson.

    One positive comment I do have is that the approach or theme that the author uses from the very start of the book (using the "simple society") definitely indicates that the author made a sincere effort to reach his less-experienced undergrad audience.Perhaps the subsequent edition will be an improvement?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    An easier version of Mas-colell's microeconomic theory.Includes nice examples. Although Hal Varian's book is preferred in most undergraduate micro courses, this one is surely better. (maybe the best)
    strongly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars too good
    I have never in my Economics studies read a book so simple, helpful and practical like this one. It has economics newspaper and journal excerpts to supplement the topics. It starts by explaining to the readerthe economyfrom scratch (ie when there is no production or no firms) up to the complexstages that many advanced economie have reached by now. Although thestructure inside might intimidate you, and of course its size, believe methe book is most READABLE! It covers everything on microeconomics,especially undergraduate. It is excellent!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Made the complex subjects easier
    My course(economic theory) was complex and the instructor wasn't so successful in explaining complex situations.This book came into help that time.I've learnt so many things from this book and am still continuingthat.Also it was a very powerful source when studying my midterm and finalexams. ... Read more

    115. Essentials of Economics
    by N. Gregory Mankiw
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    Asin: 0324171919
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-21)
    Publisher: South-Western College Pub
    Sales Rank: 16484
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Mankiw now provides an excellent resource for readers who are seeing economics for the first time. His two-semester version of the text has received such praise as "perhaps the best ever" textbook in economic principles. It's no wonder Mankiw?s prize project has quickly become one of the most successful books ever to be published in the college marketplace. The author?s conversational writing style is superb for presenting the politics and science of economic theories to tomorrow?s decision-makers. Because Mankiw wrote it for learners, the book stands out among all other texts by encouraging learners to apply an economic way of thinking to their daily lives. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Lots of info
    I used this book for a college intro to economics class.It has a lot of information for someone who doesn't know a lot about economics and the economy...maybe too much.

    I found myself pushing to get through chapters because they were boring and many of the diagrams were confusing.Some of the concepts aren't very clear.

    The CD that came with mine was a huge help.I would print off the study guides before I read the chapter, so I would pay the most attention to those parts because those are the ones the author thought were important.

    This book had a lot of econ math in it that I was unable to understand.The CD didn't address that very well.Consequently, those are the questions that I missed on the tests. ... Read more

    116. Statistics for the Utterly Confused (Utterly Confused Series)
    by Lloyd R. Jaisingh
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    Asin: 0071350055
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-25)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 12721
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    Statistics for the Utterly Confused is your user-friendly introduction to elementary statistics, designed especially for non-math majors

    Required courses in statistics are cause for alarm among more than 500,000 undergraduates in such disciplines as nursing, allied health, pre-law, pre-medicine, business administration, and criminal justice. This super-accessible book demystifies the dreaded subject for non-math majors.

    Statistics for the Utterly Confusedprovides a logical, step-by-step approach to introductory statistics, stripping away confusing material and clarifying key concepts without long, theoretical discussion and includes:

    • Handy icons throughout the text offer easy visual aids
    • 500 self-testing questions
    • Technology Corner sections explain the latest software
    • Provides more than 200 examples and solved problems
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Statistics for the Utterly Confused
    I am a student at Morehead State University and Business Statistics is one of the most difficult classes in my course requirements until I discovered the book, Statistics for the Utterly Confused. The layout of the book was very thorough and easy to read. I truly appreciated the examples given throughout each chapter. The 'quick tips' and 'its a wrap' sections of the book helped me make sure that I understood the key points that were discussed! I would advise anyone who is having a difficult time with statistics to definitely purchase this book. It was a great investment that helped out tremendously!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Investment for Business Stats Students
    I was "utterly confused" until I purchased this book. However, when I followed the instructions on how to complete problems provided by Dr. Jaisingh I gained a greater understanding of statistics. Dr. Jaisingh did a wonderful job of putting this book together. It is easy to read and the problems are almost self-explanatory. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has to take Business Statistics. You did a great job Dr. Jaisingh, I was very impressed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended
    For me, more revelant than "Stats for Dummies", the Utterly Confused stats book is more focused toward business stats. I found the Cliffs book a bit stiff, Dummies too loose and Utterly confused just about right. At least it helped decipher the Business Stats text book I was trying to wrap my arms around.

    There's no substitute for a Stats course, and the utterly confused stats book should help ease one into the lingo and nomenclature rather than suffer a head-on crash with syllabus and curriculum.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't take statistics without it.
    I took a statistics correspondence course for credit. The study guide made no sense to me. I finally got online and found this book. I was hesitant, because like the computer instructions you get, Statistic instructors think they are dummying it down for us but are only dummying it down for them. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the quesions at the end. You are able to apply the knowledge immediately and get feedback. I received an A in the course, and not from the expensive study guide that I bought that was supposed to help me pass.
    Any average person who is required to take statistics should get this book. If it helped me, it will help anyone. Thanks Dr. Jaisingh

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and Concise
    I bought the book looking for something to assist in prepping people for 6 Sigma training in the statistics of analyze phase. Many people have been out of school for a long time or never got into the statistics of 6 sigma before. The goal was to find a primer to help them over the hump before the training.

    I found this book to he helpful to me, and have to test it on someone less familar with statistics.

    What I liked about it is that it covered 90% of the topics I needed, ANOVA, multi-variate statistics, DOE, and non-parametrics are not included. It did provide a clear, concise description of the topics in a manner that should not lose non-mathematicans. It is not rigorous like a text book, but does a descent job of explaining things in lay language while attempting to bridge the gap between lay language and more correct useage.

    My search was not exhustive, but I like this book, and I know it helped one co-worker understand the basics in her college stats course.

    Where I found it a little weak is in describing the mathematical notations used (summation signs, etc.). It could have been a little stronger at translating the statistics in to practical useage in the real world. ... Read more

    117. Revenue Management
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    Asin: 0767900332
    Catlog: Book (1997-12-29)
    Publisher: Broadway
    Sales Rank: 143726
    Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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    From the man the Wall Street Journal hailed as "the guru of Revenue Management" comes revolutionary ways to recover from the after effects of downsizing and refocus your business on growth.

    Whatever happened to growth? In Revenue Management, Robert G. Cross answers this question with his ground-breaking approach to revitalizing businesses: focusing on the revenue side of the ledger instead of the cost side. The antithesis of slash-and-burn methods that left companies with empty profits and dissatisfied stockholders, Revenue Management overturns conventional thinking on marketing strategies and offers the key to initiating and sustaining growth.

    Using case studies from a variety of industries, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations, Cross describes no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech methods that managers can use to increase revenue without increasing products or promotions; predict consumer behavior; tap into new markets; and deliver products and services to customers effectively and efficiently. His proven tactics will help any business dramatically improve its bottom line by meeting the challenge of matching supply with demand. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Just consultant's sales presentation in book form
    This book doesn't do much to explain revenue management beyond oversimplified results and glossed over examples. It discussed neither strategy nor tactics in any way that was fulfilling

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lots of "why," but no "how to"
    This book makes a good case for revenue management, but it provides virtually no information about HOW TO DO IT. It's basically a sales brochure for the author's company.

    Save your money. I wish I had.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book to start with...
    A good book to start with Revenue Management. Nothing too complicated, some vague, wordy spots though. Useful to understand the notion of Revenue Management.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Revenue Management: A Hard Core Book for Knowledge
    This book was a great introductory on the theories and applications of Revenue Management in the workplace. Robert Cross combines a great deal of experience and knowledge along with actual examples of his ideas in many different business situations. For anyone who deals with complicated supply and demand models this book is great.

    The reading helped me to become more aware of the different ways that revenue management can be used to help the bottom line of company profits. The book gave great examples of how we can earn more revenue dollars out of markets that we have already tapped and how to explore new markets, that at first glance may not be chasing. By using tracking and accurate historical data, we can help correctly predict where out business is going and how to best take advantage of the more profitable strategies.

    The real life examples made the reading enjoyable, by showing how the theories work. He made examples of companies that are no longer in business that could have used his theories and stayed successful.

    This was a book that was assigned to me to read, and with some dread I picked it up. I would say that this, while not a book to read for enjoyment, is great if you are looking to get information that you can use in real life.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Superficial coverage of a complex topic
    This is a 250 page self-promoting sales book. Its essence could have been expressed in five pages; there are no concrete analytics of how the concept should be implemented at all.

    Additionally, many important factors are glossed over; the manner in which market segmentation is accomplished is a foundation of revenue management, and is given lines like "you should segment your market" without any real explanation on what that means or how difficult it can be. While airline inventory (and, likewise, car/hotel/cruise inventory) is susceptible to market segmentation, it is very difficult to do this effectively in most other markets. The lack of exploration of those practices is a glaring omission, even in a book so obviously self-congratulatory in its recounts of successful endeavors by its author.

    For a more thorough analysis of pricing (which is what I was searching for), I found "The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing" (Nagle, Holden) to be a much more rigorous exploration of theoretical pricing issues and their practical applications. Its basic mathematical models far surpass the overwhelming hyperbole found on most pages of "Revenue Management". ... Read more

    118. Economics Today: The Micro View plus MyEconLab Student Access Kit, 12th Edition
    by Roger Leroy Miller
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    Catlog: Book (2003-07-07)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 23168
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    119. Macroeconomics : Principles and Policy with Xtra! Student CD-ROM and InfoTrac College Edition
    by William J. Baumol
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    Catlog: Book (2002-06-25)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    Macroeconomics: Principles and Policy remains a proven leader in the world of economics.Since introducing the aggregate supply/aggregate demand model as a fundamental tool for learning economics over two decades ago, William J. Baumol and Alan S. Blinder continue to equip students with the knowledge and tools they need to apply modern economics to their world--now and in the future. This is all the more true today, as the U.S. economy enters its first recession in more than a decade. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to macroeconomics
    "Increasing demand leads to rising interest rates which leads to reduced investment spending and appreciating currency exchange rates..." The authors of "Macroeconomics" effortlessly provide the economic reasoning that underlie events like these such that they really make common sense - and without the need for rote memorization on the part of the reader. A previous reviewer from Los Angeles did an excellent job in praising Baumol and Blinder for their clear and concise teaching, and I strongly agree with his comments. Instead of going into abstract theories and ideas, Baumol and Blinder focus on making the reader understand the "real world" implications of macroeconomics. For example, each chapter in their book introduces a different contemporary economic issue as a way to illustrate the ideas being described in the text. Additionally, the authors outlined eight take-home messages that they believe the reader should remember after finishing the book. Although the authors label these take-home messages as "Ideas for Beyond the Final Exam", these ideas are equally relevant for student and non-student alike.

    It should be kept in mind that the eighth edition of this textbook was published in 1999, so most of the "contemporary" issues that are discussed within are now out of date. In one chapter, for example, the authors' upbeat commentary on America's 1998 budget surplus seems sadly ironic considering the large budget deficit that we are currently dealing with in financing the War on Terror in 2003. Additionally, I thought many of the examples in the book were a bit "pro-Clinton", and depending on one's own political orientation, that may or may not be welcome. I have not looked at the ninth (and latest) edition of "Macroeconomics", but assuming that the fundamental principles remain the same, I would encourage the reader to pick up that copy in order to have a more current and up-to-date illustration of ideas.

    Readers looking for mathematical models and equations to play with will be sorely disappointed, as the only foray into mathematical analysis involves deriving the demand-side equilibrium condition of the Keynesian economic model (a simple algebraic equation). But considering that the slant of this book is towards "real world" understanding, I think the authors were probably justified in keeping the mathematical equations to a minimum.

    All in all, I think "Macroeconomics" by Baumol and Blinder would be an excellent introduction for the economically-illiterate person (as I was before reading this book). Although many of the examples in the eighth edition are a bit out of date, it is true that the fundamental economic principles that are discussed endure throughout all of the editions of this textbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars macro class textbook
    this is a good straight forward text that does not get bogged down in the unecessary details for an introduction to the subject. It is simplified, and straightforward, while trying to be enjoyable reading.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very fast shipping. Excellent book condition
    Very fast transaction. Happy with the transaction

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Intro-level course
    Baumol and Blinder explain all the important concepts of macroeconomics with tremendous clarity. Students with little or no knowledge of economics will find this book most straight-forward. Interesting real world examples are given to reinforce key ideas. For example, the authors describe the Asian crisis of 1998 to illustrate the shortcomings of a fixed exchange rate system. Secondly, unlike other econ. textbooks, this one is filled with colorful graphs and even photographs. I wouldn't be too surprised if this book succeeds in piquing the interest of those students, who are averse to econ. Finally, the attempts at humor are generally unsuccessful but provide a refreshing change from the unceasing monotony of most college textbooks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the authors clearly know how to teach
    I think this introductory econ book is exceptionally good as a text book; a book that truely deserves 5 stars. If a book explains things clearly, I usually give it 4 stars, but this book goes beyond that. The authors made a concious effort to make learning easy and meaningful.

    Right at the beginning, the authors will tell you that they don't expect you to be a econ fanatic and remember every little detail - in fact, the authors seem to completely understand why we students forget most details soon after the final exam. So, right a way they list out the main ideas - in their own words: "ideas for beyond the final exam". Not only did the authors filtered out the most important material, they also truly believed that the material will be improtant beyond the final exam - in life that is. It is the first text book I saw that has such a candit and honest attitude because so many books and so many people talks down to me rather than at me.

    Also, for each chapter, the authors always begin with some kind of "bait question", something that the reader understands but usually can't answer right a way. This is a great way to focus the chapter and entice people to read. And all the examples the authors use are either famous or recent (or both). One effect is to make you think what you are learning is truly useful because you can use it to analyze so many things from the news. A more subtle impression is that the authors really did update the book every few years to reflect important events that just occurred. As a computer science engineering major, I have seen countless "8th editions" that's just like the prior ones - but I seriously doubt the prior editions of this econ book talked about Asian economic crisis or the booming economy of the 1998 / 99

    clear book + impressive effort = 5 stars ... Read more

    120. Macroeconomics (Web-enabled Edition) (4th Edition)
    by Andrew B. Abel, Ben S. Bernanke
    list price: $123.00
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    Asin: 0201441330
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-24)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley
    Sales Rank: 283164
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Wordy and confusing text not worth the cost
    This book was required for my intermediate macroeconomics course at Cornell University. I found the book to be very confusing, especially on the more technical topics such as the Solow growth model. I give Abel and Bernanke credit for trying to develop a unified, balanced approach to macro... which they do; unfortunately, the exposition is not clear and the book is extremely wordy and not concise. I highly recommend N. Gregory Mankiw's Macroeconomics text instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book from a great professor
    I have the good fortune of studying under Prof. Abel at The Wharton School. Of course, we use this book as our required text! The book is excellent, and is very easy to understand. A good introduction for the layperson interested in the macro economy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars People Who Know Economics Choose This Book.
    The book is a favorite at the University of Chicago, an institution that has produced 20 Nobel Prize Laureates in Economics. You couldn't ask for a better recommendation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Brillant and Well Written
    This book makes me feel like I am studing macroeconomics. I could not find any book in the library that is as comprehensive and detailed like this publication. An invaluable text for undergraduate economics majors dying to understand the economy and enonomic policies. A marvellous book I will treasure.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Economic Nightmare
    This is the worst economics book i have ever come across in my 4 years as a student. The book is not only colorless and boring, but it does not seem to ge the main points across. Worse yet, the homework questions sometimes draw on information not explained in the text. Examples are very few, and the confusion is much. I would advise economic teachers to look elsewhere for a text. ... Read more

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