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Principles of Economics in Context
by Neva Goodwin, Jonathan Harris, Julie Nelson, Brian Roach, & Mariano Torras

Principles of Economics in Context is designed as a single text for students in a full-year introductory course. This innovative, principles-level text takes a broad "contextual" approach to economics—including serious consideration of ecological, feminist, and social concerns—while still including coverage of the standard economic concepts and models. Emphasizing writing that is compelling, clear, and attractive to students, it addresses such critical concerns as ecological sustainability, distributional equity, the quality of employment, and the adequacy of living standards.
Print: $110.00   eBook: $94.50

Supplementary Materials:
Access chapter review questions and student self-tests.

Access a series of brief updates on current economic issues, including:
  • The Great Recession’s Impact on Wealth Inequality in the U.S.
  • The Use of Behavioral Economics to Increase Government Revenue
  • The Impact of Austerity Policies in Europe
  • Accounting for Carbon Emission Externalities in U.S. Environmental Policy
  • Education Inequality in the U.S.

For a free exam copy please contact Routledge, our publisher.
Contact us for instructor resources and access to test banks. You may also utilize Canvas, a learning management system, for automatic grading online; for more information about Canvas, read our user's guide and contact us at to request access to our demonstration sites. Please specify if you are teaching the Second or Third Edition, and indicate where and what course you teach.

Preview the book
Preview the first 24 pages | See the Table of Contents

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Praise for Principles of Economics in Context

“This is the absolute hands-down, no-question-about-it best principles text I have ever seen or used.”
- Professor Judith Robinson, Castleton State College

“I have adopted this text for the following reasons: (1) It's reasonably priced if students buy it online. (2) It presents both the standard neoclassical information that I feel obligated to teach, BUT it is great on critique and alternative views. (3) It covers the environmental issues, which may be the world's biggest challenge right now, better than any other text I've seen. (4) It gives serious space to behavioral economics and a multidisciplinary approach.”
-Susan Jacobson, Regis College

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get the textbook and supplementary materials?

Instructors may request a free exam copy directly from Routledge, the publisher. Supplementary materials, available only to verified instructors, include an Instructor's Resource Manual and a comprehensive Test Bank. To obtain access to instructor materials, please e-mail us at and indicate where and what course you teach.

Additional supplementary materials include a Student Study Guide, a full set of PowerPoint slides with the tables and figures in the text.

Who are the authors?

The authors of Principles in Economics in Context are Neva Goodwin, Jonathan Harris, Julie A. Nelson, Brian Roach, and Mariano Torras.

How did this book come to be written?

We believe that a new approach to teaching economics is urgently needed. We call this approach "contextual economics" because it presents the economy as embedded in its physical and social contexts.

I'm not able to switch to another textbook. How can I incorporate social and environmental issues in my economics course?

GDAE also offers teaching modules that are designed for use as stand-alone supplements in undergraduate or graduate-level courses, and are downloadable as PDFs free of charge. Two chapters of Microeconomics in Context are available as self-contained teaching modules, and three chapters of Macroeconomics in Context are available as self-contained teaching modules. These are suitable for use in courses based on other texts.


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