Consumer Economics: A Practical Overview

Consumer Economics: A Practical Overview : A Practical Overview

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This work focuses on the service economy, it introduces the fundamentals of markets, consumer choice, financial assessment, risk avoidance, and other topics.
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  • Paperback | 483 pages
  • 178.6 x 240.8 x 29.5mm | 793.8g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • tables, figures, bibliography, index
  • 0765607255
  • 9780765607256

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Focusing on the service economy, and designed especially for non-economics majors, this practical text establishes a new and enduring blend of topics for courses in consumer economics and consumerism. Consumer Economics develops useful perspectives and rules of thumb to guide decision making. As it introduces the fundamentals of markets, consumer choice, financial assessment, risk avoidance, etc., it presses students to appreciate the world of markets and to clarify their personal priorities for decision making in such a world.

Boxed sections throughout the text illustrate concepts and provide examples, and each chapter includes a summary, consumer workshop, questions for study, and suggested readings.


I. Getting Started

1. Introduction -- 2. Consumers -- 3. The Marketplace 4. Negotiation -- 5. Household Accounts

II. Priorities and Choices

6. Routine Shopping -- 7. Buying Durables -- 8. Borrowing 9. Risk and Uncertainty -- 10. Saving and Investing 11. Gains from International Trade

III. Consumer Rights and Protections

12. A History of Consumer Protection

13. Today's Consumer Protection System

14. Economic Footings for Consumer Policy

IV. Momentous Decisions

15. Housing -- 16. Cars -- 17. College -- 18. Kids 19. The Green Way -- 20. Health Care 21. Retirement -- 22. Death: Planning and Perspective

V. Consumers and the National Economy

23. National Consumption Its Measurement and Determination

24. Consumption and National Prosperity

25. Consumers and Government Spending
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Spanning more than a millennium, this anthology gathers literary sources from across the entire region of Southeast Asia. Its 24 selections derive from a variety of genres and reflect the diverse range of cultural influences the region has experienced. The literary excerpts illustrate the impact of religious and ideological currents from early Buddhism to Islam and Roman Catholicism. The selections reveal how cultural influences from South Asia, China, the Arabic world, and Europe arrived in Southeast Asia and left their marks in the realms of literature, society, and culture. The readings include religious works, folklore, epic poems, short stories, and the modern novel. They range from the Cambodian medieval version of the Ramayana to the 16th century Javanese tales to modern Thai short stories and include selections from Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, and Burma.
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