Common Cents How the Economy Really Works--from the Global Market to the Supermarket

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-02
  • Publisher: Sterling
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Ever feel adrift in a stormy sea of economic uncertainty? Common Cents explores the economics behind the issues that impact our lives today, from why we're paying so much at the pump to whether our jobs will be outsourced overseas. With her trademark mix of insight and humor, Dr. Nancy J. Kimelman supplies the "real-world economics" people need to know as they sit around their kitchen tables reading the paper and conducting the business of life. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Play Dumb?p. ix
Basic Skillsp. xiii
Supply and Demand: The Foundation of All Things Economicp. 1
Time Is on Our Side: Money, Credit, and Wealthp. 21
Bonds and Stocks and Interest, Oh My!p. 37
Here Comes da Fedp. 49
Order from Chaos: The U.S. Financial System and Its Institutionsp. 59
Rediscovering Markets: The Big Bang of Financep. 81
Doing Without: The Basics of Middle-Class Financep. 93
Trying to Defy Gravity, and Failing: The Basics of Government Financep. 117
Multiply by a Gazillion: Tracking the Course of the U.S. Economyp. 129
Who's in Control Here?p. 151
Explaining the Past, Predicting the Future, and Tackling the Hard Problemsp. 171
The Battle Over Oilp. 173
Over, Under, and Through: The Economics of Immigrationp. 183
"Made in China"p. 195
Where's My Job? Finding Cheaper Labor Overseasp. 215
All Aboard: Resolving Our Health Care Troublesp. 227
The More Things Change, the More Things Changep. 247
Resourcesp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Indexp. 267
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