By Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman. Penned by the "world's first and only stand-up economist," this wry look at microeconomics presents terms and concepts in a fast-paced, graphic novel–style format. Part 1 describes "the optimizing individual" before delving into decision trees, risk, trade, and the effects of time. Part 2 addresses strategic interactions: game theory, Pareto efficiency, simultaneous-move games (e.g., the prisoner's dilemma), auctions, and price theory. Part 3 deals with market interactions: supply and demand, taxes, margins, elasticity, and a handful of big-picture topics previewing aspects of macroeconomic theory. A combined glossary and index make locating topics easy. Grades 9–12. 7" x 10". Hill and Wang. 211 pages. ©2010.
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