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 Problems and Discrimination: Why Are So Many Still So 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?