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167 Post author: lukeprog 16 January 2011 08:30AM

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Comment author: jwhendy 16 January 2011 03:37:14PM *  8 points [-]

Luke -- I wonder if either permalinks to comments answering the task, or direct quotes of them could be added to your main post (say, after two+ weeks have passed)? I know in other posts where a question is asked it can be very difficult to sift through the "meta" comments and the actual answers, especially as comments get into the 100-200+ range!

Comment author: lukeprog 16 January 2011 03:50:51PM 5 points [-]

I was thinking this myself. For example for michaba03m's recommendation below, I could add a line which reads:

  • on economics, michaba03m recommends Mankiw's Macroeconomics over Varian's Intermediate Microeconomics and Katz & Rosen's Macroeconomics.
Comment author: michaba03m 17 January 2011 08:22:50PM 1 point [-]

Sorry Luke I rushed that a little bit and didn't check before hitting 'comment'. In economics I would say you should read macroeconomics and microeconomics separately, and most college-level textbooks are on either one rather than both anyway. So Mankiw is definitely the best on Macro, whilst Varian is the best for Micro, but his is quite dry and mathsy, whereas for a Micro alternative Katz and Rosen is more readable but less mathematical.

So for Macro, go for Mankiw, and for Micro go Katz and Rosen if you can't handle Varian.

Hope that clears that up!

Comment author: jwhendy 16 January 2011 03:52:34PM 1 point [-]

Love it -- I also wondered if you might be planning something like this... figured it didn't hurt to suggest it anyway, though!