The Economy

Economics for a Changing World

The Core Economics website Team

The Economy

Economics for a Changing World

The Core Economics website Team






12 Oct 2017




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The only introductory economics text to equip students to address today's pressing problems by mastering the conceptual and quantitative tools of contemporary economics.

OUP has partnered with the international collaborative project of Core Economics website researchers and teachers to bring students a book and learning system that complements and enhances Core Economics website's open-access online e-book.

The Economy:

  • is a new approach that integrates recent developments in economics including contract theory, strategic interaction, behavioural economics and financial instability
  • Engages with issues students of economics care about, exploring inequality, climate change, economic instability, wealth creation and innovation, among other issues.
  • provides a unified treatment of micro- and macroeconomics
  • motivates all models and concepts by evidence and real-world applications
  • uses interactive student-paced model-building
  • has been adopted as the standard principles course at University College London, Sciences Po Paris and the Toulouse School of Economics

A new economics for the principles course 

The Economy begins with social interactions using elementary game theory and institutions modelled as rules of the game. This provides the basis for a modern treatment of markets including price-making as well as price-taking, the exercise of power, and the importance of social norms and adjustment to disequilibria.

Introducing labour and credit markets with incomplete contracts allows a consistent treatment of aggregate employment and fluctuations without the need for ad hoc sticky price and wage assumptions. Banks create money by extending credit and a central bank seeks to implement a target inflation rate.

Growth and instability are illustrated from the Great Depression, through the post-war golden age of capitalism through to the financial crisis and ensuing uncertainties. Students acquire an understanding of the past and current evolution of the economy in its social and environmental context, equipping them to marshal evidence and articulate positions about contemporary policy issues.

Key Features of this Edition:

  • Economist in Action videos by Al Roth, James Heckman, Thomas Piketty, and others give students a glimpse of what economists do and how they engage in real policy questions
  • How economists learn from facts boxes introduce students to research practice including how to identify causation using experiments and other methods
  • When economists disagree features engage the student with evidence and controversies
  • The  Read more suggestions direct the reader to resources they can consult to take their learning further
  • Student-paced interactive diagrams suited to diverse learner capabilities are available within the Core Economics website open access ebook available here -
  • Multiple-choice questions (with explanations of correct and incorrect answers) allow students to self-test their understanding
  • Great Economists panels showcase a range of influential thinkers who have shaped the path of economics
  • Definitions explain important terms right where needed
  • Einsteins provide an opportunity for readers to explore the quantitative aspects of the topics under discussion in more detail
  • Online Leibniz calculus supplements provide a calculus-based course option, enhancing flexibility of use.


1: The Capitalist revolution
2: Technological change, population and growth
3: Scarcity, work and choice
4: Social interactions
5: Property and power: Mutual gains and conflict
6: The firm: Owners, managers and employees
7: The firm and its customers
8: Supply and demand: Price-taking and competitive markets
9: The Labour market: Wages, profits, and unemployment
10: Banks, money and the credit market
11: Price-setting, rent-seeking,  and market dynamics
12: Markets, efficiency and public policy
13: Economic fluctuations and unemployment
14: Unemployment and fiscal policy
15: Inflation, unemployment and monetary policy
16: Technological progress, employment and living standards in the long run

17: The Great Depression, golden age and global financial crisis
18: The nation and the world economy
19: Economic inequality
20: Economics of the environment
21: Innovation, information and the networked economy
22: Economics, politics,  and public policy


The Core Economics website Team

Samuel Bowles heads the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute. He has taught economics at Harvard, at the University of Massachusetts and University of Siena. His books include Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions and Evolution (2005) The New Economics of Inequality and Redistribution (2012). He has also served as an economic advisor to Nelson Mandela and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.

Wendy Carlin directs the Core Economics website project. She is Professor of Economics at University College London and a Research Fellow of the CEPR. She is on the Expert Advisory Panel, Office for Budget Responsibility in the UK. With David Soskice she has co-authored three books: Macroeconomics and the Wage Bargain (1990), Macroeconomics: Imperfections, Institutions and Policies (2006) and Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability and the Financial System (2015). For more than a decade she was co-managing editor of Economics of Transition. In 2016 Wendy was awarded the CBE for services to economics and public finance.

Margaret Stevens is Professor of Economics and Head of Department of Economics at the University of Oxford, where she has taught undergraduates studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) since 1993. Her research interests are in labour economics and public economics, especially public policy issues relating to health, education and vocational training.

Lecturer Resources

The Economy is further augmented by the online learning and assessment tool, Dashboard, making it the complete solution for teaching and learning the principles of economics. Visit the online resources -

Additional support resources for the lecturer include: 

  • Lecture slides plus animated slides of all figures and charts
  • 250 data sets in Excel for student exercises
  • Unit by unit guides to teaching
  • Suggested course structures for standalone micro and macro, and a course for non-majors

The use of  The Economy  also brings to lecturers membership of a growing global network of curriculum innovators changing how economics is taught worldwide.

Sample Pages

The Economy - Student Experiences

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