PART I: THE ECONOMIC WAY OF THINKING. 1. The Economic Approach. 2. Some Tools of the Economist. Part II: MARKETS AND GOVERNMENT. 3. Supply, Demand, and the Market Process. 4. Supply and Demand: Applications and Extensions. 5. Difficult Cases for the Market, and the Role of Government. 6. The Economics of Collective Decision Making. Part III: CORE MACROECONOMICS. 7. Taking the Nation's Economic Pulse. 8. Economic Fluctuations, Unemployment, and Inflation. 9. An Introduction to Basic Macroeconomic Markets. 10. Dynamic Change, Economic Fluctuations, and the AD-AS Model. 11. Fiscal Policy: The Keynesian View and Historical Perspective. 12. Fiscal Policy: Incentives, and Secondary Effects. 13. Money and the Banking System. 14. Modern Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy. 15. Stabilization Policy, Output, and Employment. 16. Creating an Environment for Growth and Prosperity. 17. Institutions, Policies, and Cross-Country Differences in Income and Growth. Part IV: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS. 18. Gaining from International Trade. 19. International Finance and the Foreign Exchange Market. Part V: CORE MICROECONOMICS. 20. Consumer Choice and Elasticity. 21. Costs and the Supply of Goods. 22. Price Takers and the Competitive Process. 23. Price-Searcher Markets with Low Entry Barriers. 24. Price-Searcher Markets with High Entry Barriers. 25. The Supply of and Demand for Productive Resources. 26. Earnings, Productivity, and the Job Market. 27. Investment, the Capital Market, and the Wealth of Nations. 28. Income Inequality and Poverty. Part VI: APPLYING THE BASICS: SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS. Special Topic 1 Government Spending and Taxation. Special Topic 2 The Internet: How Is It Changing the Economy? Special Topic 3 The Economics of Social Security. Special Topic 4 The Stock Market: Its Function, Performance, and Potential as an Investment Opportunity. Special Topic 5 The Crisis of 2008: Causes and Lessons for the Future. Special Topic 6 Lessons from the Great Depression. Special Topic 7 Lessons from the Japanese Experience. Special Topic 8 The Federal Budget and the National Debt. Special Topic 9 The Economics of Health Care. Special Topic 10 School Choice: Can It Improve the Quality of Education in America? Special Topic 11 Earnings Differences between Men and Women. Special Topic 12 Do Labor Unions Increase the Wages of Workers? Special Topic 13 Are We Running Out of Resources? Special Topic 14 Difficult Environmental Cases and the Role of Government. Appendix A General Business and Economics Indicators for the United States. Appendix B Answers to Selected Critical Analysis Questions.