Melanie Long seems to have only found Colander’s text under unorthodox.  I admit I don’t teach mainstream intro courses, but if I did I’d probably choose Goodwin, et al.  this is probably way to radical for someone who thinks that individuals exist in a vacuum and everyone (90%) agrees (generally or with provisos) with Mankiw, but its not likely to be as difficult a sell as the Bucknell solution (see Geoff and his colleagues’ books ).  


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From: John Watkins
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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