Comprehensiveness rating: 4 read less
The text covers all the areas and ideas of Macroeconomics that one would expect to find at the introductory level. The subjects are clear, easy to follow, relevant with applied examples. Global examples are used through the lens of US laws and economics.
No index or glossary was provided with the version that was reviewed.
Accuracy rating: 4
Text is accurate, error-free, but does have a bias towards US law and economics. Many of the case studies are global in origin, which are excellent, however, the authors always return to the effects towards the US, or if a US case study is examined there is very little mention of the effect towards the Canadian economy.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
The content is up to date and should constantly be up dated to truly connect the student to the learning objectives as they effect the global economies of today. Generally the text will not become obsolete in a short period of time yet the authors will need to either update the data within the text or provide updated links to the already numerous web sites referred to within the text.
Clarity rating: 4
The authors use a story telling format that is easy to read and comprehend.
Consistency rating: 5
The text is consistent in terminology and framework. The early chapters are well setup providing foundational information for the each of the subsequent chapters. Each chapter progressively provides the learner with more challenging concepts, language, an
Modularity rating: 5
The text builds upon each chapter that provides effective information to the reader to continue. There are many reading sections with each followed by "Key Takeaway" statements and "Checking Your Understanding" questions. It may be difficult for those not familiar with economic concepts to not read the chapters sequentially.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
Story telling format; the reader is provided with fundamental economic realities in the world using examples that are relevant to people in general. The foundational concepts are discussed before the math and graphs are introduced hence the reader has already seen the "what's in it for me" reality.
Interface rating: 4
No problems were found.
Grammatical Errors rating: 4
None were found.
Cultural Relevance rating: 4
The text does not appear to be insensitive or offensive in any way. As the text is focused to US learners, students from other countries, such as Canada, may not feel that this is relevant to their history, or future.
The text is well laid out as is the content but the text should be entitled: Macroeconomics: Theory in Application from a US Perspective.
Web links worked as did page reference links (there was a request to register to Flatworldknowledge.com which I did not do).
The international examples are excellent for any student to use.
Overall the text would be excellent if there was a considerable amount of Canadian content added. The reason for this is that while economic policies appear to be similar between Canada and the USA, the decision making is different.