note that the subtitle of the new textbook just mentioned by Torsten

The microeconomics of complex economies (2015)


Evolutionary, Institutional, Neoclassical, and Complexity Perspectives",

which indicates its paradigm-comparing and real-world program.

We have used the stuff of the first seven chapters in second-semester micro for around 15 years.

Another recent review (besides that in the JEI) of it has been just put online by the Journal of Economic Methodology:

Economic pluralism for the lecture hall
Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle
Pages: 1-6 | DOI: 10.1080/1350178X.2016.1143187

I have just finished myself a detailed review of mainstream textbooks (Varian, Pindyck/Rubinfeld …) for an edited volume. You may access this here:

Finally, the critical fellow-books are:


Goodwin et al.

Dollars & Sense

Himmelweit et al.


Bowles/Foley (on the santa fé site, to appear at Princeton u.p.)


Hope that helps.



Dr Wolfram Elsner

Professor of Economics, University of Bremen, Business Studies & Economics

iino – Institute of Institutional & Innovation Economics,

*  Adjunct Prof, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Doctoral Faculty, Economics Dept.

*  Academic Member, Enterpreneurship and Innovation Center, School of Economics, Jilin University, Changchun, PR China

*  Managing Editor, FSE—Forum for Social Economics, Taylor&Francis.


*  NEW TEXTBOOK:  MICROECONOMICS of Complex Economies, San Diego, New York, Oxford, Amsterdam:  Elsevier/Academic Press, 2015, 566pp. with  Torsten Heinrich and Henning Schwardt.

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