I just used Baumol and Blinder for micro principles.  It's not bad.  There are lots of chapters, so you can be selective. There were 2 chapters with titles like "what the market does well" and "shortcomings of markets."  I was prepared to hate them and planned to leave them out of my syllabus.  But, they did a decent job.

Some of the more heterodox approaches are actually pretty difficult for introductory students in my opinion.  They might be okay for private or more selective colleges, but these schools often teach an already overloaded, combined micro/macro course.


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On Apr 5, 2016, at 5:25 PM, Daniel Underwood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

John, David Colander does about as good a job as can be done given the constraints of the textbook publishing industry.  He tries to create context for other paradigms through critical thinking questions, solicited from proponents of alternative paradigms.  His explanations and illustrations of the standard stuff is good and you can take it from there.


Daniel Underwood, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Honors Program

Professor Economics and Environmental Science

Peninsula College


Affiliate Professor

School of Environmental and Forest Science

University of Washington




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Subject: Searching for a micro princples text


We are currently trying to decide a book for a standard micro principles class. One of my colleagues heading the micro-rebuild committee has recommended Mankiw’s book. Besides the protests over Mankiw’s failure to provide alternative views, for those going through similar searches, I refer you to Melanie Long’s Senior Thesis where she compares the six bestselling micro texts to Marshall’s Principles focusing on Mankiw’s methodology. Not surprisingly, she has found biases (I know, no surprise here) in Mankiw’s survey of economists’ preferences among other issues.

Question: does anyone have recommendations for a micro text that is well written, but does not serve as a complete apology for the status quo? Thank you so much,

John Watkins