Welcome to the website of Ben Mathew, author of Economics: The Remarkable Story of How the Economy Works.
Economics is essential for understanding the world around you. Billions of people across the planet wake up every morning and participate in a profoundly complex and interconnected global economy. How does it work? How does everyone know what to do? Why do some people get more of the output than others? What causes recessions? Why is there inflation? Why is there an environmental crisis and what can we do about it?
Learn about these and other aspects of the economy in this short and lively introduction to economics. The topics covered are similar in scope to an introductory course in economics, but explained in a more approachable way without any math. The focus is on developing key concepts and showing how it relates to everyday life as well as to the big problems of society.
Unlike with the hard sciences, people tend to have strong preconceptions about economic issues. But seemingly obvious conclusions about these issues are often wrong because they don’t take into account some of the deeper and harder to see connections of a complex economic system. Economics provides the tools you need to better understand these connections, giving you a new and powerful view of the world around you.
"A great introduction to the big ideas of economics. In his brief and breezy style, without a single equation or graph, Ben Mathew explains how the economy works. A truly remarkable book about a remarkable story."
—N. Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and author of Principles of Economics
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