If You're Looking To Learn Basic Economics, Here's A Free Textbook
from the cool dept
I haven't gone through the whole thing, but a quick spot check on various topics suggests that (at least in that random sample) the text is clear, well-written and does a good job explaining those concepts. And while it doesn't get into anything beyond your basic intro econ, the guy does seem to recognize the basic economics of information. As he notes in the LA Times article:
"What makes us rich as a society is what we know and what we can do. Anything that stands in the way of the dissemination of knowledge is a real problem."And, in the opening itself certainly suggests he understands the whole scarce/infinite goods dichotomy:
Economics studies the allocation of scarce resources among people – examining what goods and services wind up in the hands of which people. Why scarce resources? Absent scarcity, there is no significant allocation issue.Indeed. And, it's nice to see scarcity becoming absent from a good econ text as well, so "allocate" away.