1 Alleviating Human Misery: The Role of Economic Reasoning 2 Economic Systems, Resource Allocation, and Social Well-Being: Lessons from China's Transition 3 Government Control of Prices in Mixed Systems: What Are the Actual Outcomes? 4 Pollution Problems: Must We Foul Our Own Nests? 5 Economics of Crime and Its Prevention: How Much Is Too Much? 6 The Economics of Education: Crisis and Reform 7 Poverty and Discrimination: Why Are So Many Still Poor? 8 The Economics of Monopoly Power: Who Does What to Whom? 9 The Economics of Professional Sports: What Is the Real Score? 10 Competition in the Global Marketplace: Should We Protect Ourselves from International Trade? 11 Economic Growth: Why Is the Economic Road So Bumpy? 12 Money, Banking, and the Financial System: Old Problems with New Twists 13 Unemployment and Inflation: Can We Find a Balance? 14 Government Spending, Taxation, and the National Debt: Who Wins and Who Loses? 15 Social Security and Medicare: How Secure Is Our Safety Net for the Elderly?
ANSEL M. SHARP, an Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of the South, is a distinguished economist and frequent contributor to the literature of economics. CHARLES A. REGISTER earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Maryland in 1980 and entered the Ph.D. program in economics at Oklahoma State University. PAUL W. GRIMES is Professor of Economics at Mississippi State University. He was an undergraduate at Pittsburg State University and received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, where he studied under Professors Sharp and Leftwich.