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The award-winning illustrator Grady Klein has paired up with the world's only stand-up economist, Yoram Bauman, to take the dismal out of the dismal science. From the optimizing individual to game theory to price theory,The Cartoon Introduction to Economicsis the most digestible, explicable, and humorous 208-page introduction to microeconomics you'll ever read.
From comedy clubs in Boston, New York City, D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle to universities in the United States, Canada, and England to numerous professional associations, Bauman has disproved before capacity crowds that economics is by definition dull. (His "Principles of Economics, Translated" is a YouTube cult classic among economists.) The solution isn't just about putting comics back in economics.
As Google's chief economist, Hal Varian, wrote, "You don't need a brand new economics to understand the information-based economy. You just need to see the really cool stuff, the material they didn't get to when you studied economics."The Cartoon Introduction to Economics is all about explaining the really cool stuff, all the insights of game theory made over the last fifty years.
Of course, the award-winning illustrator and lauded graphic novelist Grady Klein makes sure that comics is in fact put back into economicswhich is critical, becauseThe Cartoon Introduction to Economics walks you through an entire introductory microeconomics course that still, alas, includes some of that less-than-cool stuff. But the collaborative genius of the Klein-Bauman team makes even decision trees, taxes, and margins not only explicable but fun.
“Hilarity and economics are not often found together, but this book has a lot of both. It also does a great job of explaining important economic concepts simply, accurately, and entertainingly—quite a feat.” -Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics
“Bauman and Klein present solid basic economics in a brilliant cartoon wrapper. The authors successfully shine a happy light on the dismal science.” -Hugo Sonnenschein, Distinguished Service Professor and President Emeritus, University of Chicago
“This is a seriously funny book! Klein and Bauman offer an enlightening and entertaining look at why our day-to-day choices matter and how they all combine. Students will find this a great addition to their textbooks, and critics of the discipline will learn what economics is really about.” -Diane Coyle, author of The Soulful Science