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Principles of Macroeconomics

Read the exam descriptions for Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics.

There are many introductory economics textbooks that vary greatly in difficulty. Some books are published in one-volume editions that cover both microeconomics and macroeconomics; some of the texts listed here are published in two-volume editions, with one volume covering macroeconomics and the other microeconomics. A companion study guide/workbook is available for most textbooks. The study guides typically include brief reviews, definitions of key concepts, problem sets and multiple-choice test questions with answers. Many publishers also make available computer-assisted learning packages as companions to these texts.


  • Arnold, Macroeconomics, Concise Edition, and Microeconomics, Concise Edition (South-Western)
  • Bade and Parkin, Foundations of Macroeconomics and Foundations of Microeconomics (Addison Wesley)
  • Baumol and Blinder, Microeconomics: Principles & Policy (South-Western)
  • Case and Fair, Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics (Prentice-Hall)
  • Colander, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics (McGraw-Hill)
  • Frank and Bernanke, Principles of Macroeconomics, Brief Edition, and Principles of Microeconomics, Brief Edition (McGraw-Hill)
  • Gottheil, Principles of Macroeconomics (Thomson/Cengage)
  • Krugman and Wells, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics (Worth)
  • Lipsey, Ragan, and Storer, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics (Addison Wesley)
  • Mankiw, Brief Principles of Macroeconomics and Brief Principles of Microeconomics (South-Western)
  • McConnell and Brue, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics (McGraw-Hill)
  • McEachern, ECON for Macroeconomics and ECON for Microeconomics (South-Western)
  • Salvatore, Schaum's Outline of Microeconomics (McGraw-Hill)
  • Samuelson and Nordhaus, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics (McGraw-Hill)
  • Schiller, The Macro Economy Today and The Micro Economy Today (McGraw-Hill)
  • Stiglitz and Walsh, Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics (W.W. Norton)
  • Taylor and Weerapana, Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics (South-Western)

Online Resources

To broaden your knowledge of economic issues, you may read relevant articles published in the economics periodicals that are available in most college libraries. Magazines like The Economist and newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, along with local papers, may also enhance your understanding of economic issues.

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