I've got an offer for philosophy and economics at Leeds, but I don't do economics A-Level. There's a 'intro to economics' course for people who only did maths, which I'll be taking, but I thought it might also be useful to work my way through an a-level economics textbook over the holidays. Does anyone who does economics have a suggestion of a good one? Thanks
Principles of Economics by Greg Mankiw is the best starter one if you haven't done economics before.
I wouldn't bother with an A-Level textbook. Just start with a solid introductory text.
For microeconomics, I think http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microeconomi...6495462&sr=8-1 is a great intro text as it assumes no knowledge whatsoever. It doesn't even make use of calculus, only graphical and verbal analysis, which is good to give you a grounding in the intuition.
For a broad introduction to both micro and macro in a single text, I'm a big fan of http://www.amazon.co.uk/Economics-Ri...6495574&sr=1-1 and actually used it instead of my A-Level texts. (It's a first year intro text so goes way beyond A-Level but it's really good in terms of intuition etc. and I really enjoyed the macro component.)
I'm yet to find a solid introductory macro text, to be honest. We used http://www.amazon.co.uk/Macroeconomi...6495657&sr=1-2 in our first year, but I wasn't a huge fan.
Hope this helps.
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