Consumer Economics

Consumer Economics : Issues and Behaviors

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From identity theft to product recalls, from what we once thought of as unshakeable institutions to increasing concerns about sustainability, consumer issues are an integral part of modern life. This fully updated third edition of Consumer Economics offers students an accessible and thorough guide to the concerns surrounding the modern consumer and brings to light the repercussions of making uninformed decisions in today's economy. This definitive textbook introduces students to these potential issues and covers other key topics including consumer behavior, personal finance, legal rights and responsibilities, as well as marketing and advertising. Combining theory and practice, students are introduced to both the fundamentals of consumer economics and how to become better-informed consumers themselves. Highlights in this new edition include: * New Critical Thinking Projects feature to encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills through analysing consumer issues. * Expanded coverage of social media and the impact of social influence on consumers. * Revised Consumer Alerts: practical advice and guidance for students to make smart consumer decisions. * A new Companion Website with a range of presentation materials and exercises related to each chapter. Fully updated throughout, this textbook is suitable for students studying consumer sciences - what works, what doesn't, and how consumers are more

Product details

  • Hardback | 578 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31.75mm | 1,404g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 94 colour illustrations, 17 colour tables, 69 colour illustrations, 25 colour line drawings
  • 1138846589
  • 9781138846586

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'I have used Professor Goldsmith's Consumer Economics: Issues and Behaviors text for several years and am delighted to add her newest version to my Consumer Economics class. The book is written in such a user-friendly way that the reader may forget that s/he is reading a textbook. The information in this newest version is up-to-date and relevant to consumers of every age. The content will likely inspire a new generation of consumer advocates.' - Dr. Diann Moorman, Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, USA 'Goldsmith's Consumer Economics provides updated information on important and current economic issues faced by consumers. The book is well written based on information from original research papers and other reputable sources including the author's own scholarship. A great textbook for undergraduate courses in consumer economics and relevant disciplines.' - Jing Jian Xiao, Author of Consumer Economic Wellbeing and Professor of Consumer Economics, University of Rhode Island, USA 'Consumer Economics: Issues and Behaviors by Elizabeth B. Goldsmith provides an all-encompassing introduction and overview to the study of consumerism. The detailed examples, discussion questions and resources serve to engage students from varying disciplines in the exploration of their rights and responsibilities as a consumer.' - Linda A. Bradley, Ph.D., Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Northridge, USA 'Dr. Goldsmith's latest edition of Consumer Economics: Issues and Behaviors contains all the elements of an excellent text. As an instructor, I use the quotes from each chapter as an introduction to each class session. The students connect with the practical nature of the case studies that reflect chapter content. The real life examples and high interest topics connect easily with students and lead to lively discussion. I look forward to utilizing this updated text to enhance my classes.' - Susan A. Reichelt, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University, USAshow more

About Elizabeth B. Goldsmith

Elizabeth B. Goldsmith is Professor in the Department of Retail Merchandising and Product Development at Florida State University, more

Table of contents

Table of Contents PART 1: Consumer Perspectives CHAPTER 1 Consumers in a Changing World CHAPTER 2 The Consumer Movement CHAPTER 3 Consumer Theories and Models PART 2: Consumer Protection CHAPTER 4 Consumer Protection and Law CHAPTER 5 Government Protection, Consumer Groups, and the Media PART 3: Consumers in the Marketplace CHAPTER 6 Brands, Buying Process, and Product Development CHAPTER 7 Decision Making and Advertising CHAPTER 8 Food And Water Issues CHAPTER 9 Health and Wellness Issues CHAPTER 10 Sustainability and Safety CHAPTER 11 Internet, Technology and Identity Theft CHAPTER 12 Being a Better Consumer of Housing and Vehicles PART 4: Consumers in the Financial Marketplace CHAPTER 13 Banking, Debt, and Credit Issues CHAPTER 14 Insurance and Investment Issues PART 5: Emerging Consumer Issues and the Global Perspective CHAPTER 15 Issues, Ethics, and Globalizationshow more

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