Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
The stated purpose of this text is to cover materials in a first introductory economics course. The text covers the typical content areas for an introductory microeconomics course. However, it appears to be designed for economics majors and not the standard student that I would find in my introductory course. It jumps right into the weeds of economic modeling in the first chapter and goes deeper into them in the second chapter. My students would be lost by this time and would likely not continue.
Accuracy rating: 5
This text is accurate and error free but examples and data tables tend to center around the Canadian economy.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
The content is current and the data is relevant though with a decidedly Canadian flavor. To keep it so, tables and charts would need to be updated periodically to match the changing economy.
Clarity rating: 2
The authors clearly know economics but telling it in a way that would be understood by a 1 semester-only economics student is a stretch.
Consistency rating: 5
The framework is consistent across all chapters.
Modularity rating: 5
The module groupings make sense and are typical of an economics text.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
The book follows a logical structure and is organized appropriately.
Interface rating: 3
Some graphs and figures have challenges (see chapters 1 - 3, for instance). The words are written over the top of the numbers making both hard to read.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
No grammatical errors.
Cultural Relevance rating: 3
I don’t think significant thought has been given to the students in today’s universities. The content is excellent but it is written in an old-style state the facts, give an example and move on format. Perfect for imparting knowledge but not so great for holding interest of today’s student who is more familiar with story-based telling and integrative learning.
I think this text would be best suited for a course designed to teach economics majors the basics of economics. I’m just not sure that a student taking one economics course would find a reaction function useful in their everyday understanding of economics.