This book shows, from start to finish, how microeconomics can and should be used in the analysis of public policy problems. It is an exciting new way to learn microeconomics, motivated by its application to important, real-world issues. Lee Friedman's modern replacement for his influential 1984 work not only brings the issues addressed into the present but develops all intermediate microeconomic theory to make this book accessible to a much wider audience. Friedman offers the microeconomic tools necessary to understand policy analysis of a wide range of matters of public concern--including the recent California electricity crisis, welfare reform, public school finance, global warming, health insurance, day care, tax policies, college loans, and mass transit pricing. These issues are scrutinized through microeconomic models that identify policy strengths, weaknesses, and ideas for improvements. Each chapter begins with explanations of several fundamental microeconomic principles and then develops models that use and probe them in analyzing specific public policies. The book has two primary and complementary goals. One is to develop skills of economic policy analysis: to design, predict the effects of, and evaluate public policies. The other is to develop a deep understanding of microeconomics as an analytic tool for application--its strengths and extensions into such advanced techniques as general equilibrium models and pricing methods for natural monopolies and its weaknesses, such as behavioral inconsistencies with utility-maximization models and its limits in comparing institutional alternatives. The result is an invaluable professional and academic reference, one whose clear explanation of principles and analytic techniques, and wealth of constructive applications, will ensure it a prominent place not only on the bookshelves but also on the desks of students and professionals alike.
In this tale of love and obsession set against a picturesque Seattle backdrop, the lives of four successful thirty-somethings collide in a life-altering moment that transforms loneliness into total destruction. When Rawn, a schoolteacher, and D’Becca, a supermodel, meet, their electric chemistry leads to a relationship of passion and intimacy that neither anticipates—until Rawn’s seductive friend and colleague Sicily introduces him to emotionally fragile fashion designer Tamara. Sultry, beautiful, and dangerously unstable, Tamara develops a fixation with Rawn that leads to deception and an impulsive act of desperation that irrevocably intertwines four lives. Soon Rawn becomes a person of interest in a murder and the target of a media spectacle. Packed with sexy, page-turning drama, Vulnerable illustrates the complexity of desire and emotion, the weakness in human nature, and the fragility and spontaneity of fate.
Priscilla madly, passionately loves loves LOVES gorillas. There are many reasons why, as Priscilla will happily tell you. But the best reason? They always get their way! So when Mr.
Todd tells all his students to dress up like their favorite animal, Priscilla's choice is obvious. But dancing around and beating her chest when it's not her turn sends Priscilla straight to the Thinking Corner.
As her attitude spreads, soon the whole Thinking Corner is full of her classmates! Is Priscilla really channeling her inner gorilla, or is she just a troublemaker in ape's clothing?
From Melcher Media, the team that brought you "Wicked: The Grimmerie," comes "Wicked: A Pop-Up Compendium of Splendiferous Delight and Thrillifying Intrigue," featuring the most arresting and memorable moments from the hit Broadway musical in moveable paper tableaux. From Glinda's dramatical entrance among the Ozians in her bubble machine to Elphaba's gravity-defying maiden flight, each spread puts you in the center of the action. Plus, discover secret artifacts (and artifictions) that you won't find anywhere else: the letters Galinda and Elphaba wrote to their parents, a map of the Emerald City, the Shiz University student newspaper, and a miniature Grimmerie complete with spells.