Comprehensiveness rating: 4 read less
I find this book to be very thorough in the subject matter. Compared to a few textbooks that I am familiar with (e.g., the ones by Mankiw, by Krugman/Wells, and by Frank/Bernanke), it includes substantial coverage on international economics as well as all the basic macro components. I very much appreciate the fact that the book provides a nice global perspective. If there is one small section that could be added, I would consider an introduction to finance, given the increasing importance of the financial system in the macro economy.
Accuracy rating: 4
In a few chapters that I have read carefully from beginning to end, I find the contents to be largely accurate. I did discover a few typos here and there, especially with graphs. For instance, Figure 12.11 on page 310 one of the arrows is in the wrong direction. Figure 13.2 on page 318 does not really match up with the in-text description. On page 454 “...Recall from Unemployment...” should be replaced by “...Recall from Economic Growth...” instead. Given the amount of work and the number of authors involved in developing the book, it is understandable to have a few errors. I would like to remind any potential user of the textbook to watch out for possible typos.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
This book will be able to stay relevant for a while. Updating textbook examples and data is relatively easy given the wide availability of macro data.
Clarity rating: 4
I find that for the most part the book is written in a clear manner and uses some very interesting analogies and examples to aid in explanations. One thing I did notice in the few chapters that I have gone through thoroughly is that at times the text is presented in a colloquial way. It reminds you more of an instructor talking in class than reading a textbook. This book also introduces some pretty novel terminologies, such as Macroeconomic Externality, Keynes's Law, etc.
Consistency rating: 4
I don’t see any problems with the internal consistency of the book’s terminology and framework in a big-picture sense. A minor confusion arises when the opening chapter (Chapter 6) states three macroeconomic goals but in Chapter 11 you find that it mentions four goals. This should be readily fixed, though.
Modularity rating: 5
This book has done an excellent job breaking up a chapter into manageable sections. I especially like the way that learning objectives are clearly spelled out at the beginning of each section.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 4
I would say that organization of various macro topics in this textbook is very different from the textbooks that I am familiar with (e.g., the ones by Mankiw, by Krugman/Wells, and by Frank/Bernanke). If I were to switch to this textbook, I foresee that I need to spend some time getting used to the new structure. It is not really a matter of good or bad, but if you have a strong preference for routine, you may want to think about re-arranging some chapters.
Interface rating: 5
I find this book to be very easy to use with bookmarks and hyperlinks. It has exceeded my expectations about a free digital book in terms of its interface. I also like the feature of using QR codes for some real-world applications. It should be very appealing to students.
Grammatical Errors rating: 4
Overall the book is very well-written. From those chapters that I have sampled, there are very few grammatical errors. There are no major mistakes to have an impact on reader comprehension.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
I find the book to be culturally appropriate. It takes noticeable efforts to cover macroeconomic issues faced by developing as well as developed nations.