The Big, Often Blurry Picture
  • Evan Osborne


I suspect that when many people pick up a book about “economics,” they expect to be reading about such things as unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. And yet it is not until here, in the final chapters, that I address these questions. The reason for that is related to something I hinted at in the introduction: an economy is merely a description of the ways in which people with different interests in the presence of scarcity reconcile those differences. It does not make any sense to describe the functioning of an entire economy unless we understand this fact and use it to think about how the terms under which people relate to one another and about how much they can expect to gain at any moment from participating in “the economy.” So-called “macroeconomics”—the study of aggregate-level phenomena such as unemployment, inflation, and economic growth, usually at the level of the nation-state—depends critically on so-called “microeconomics”—the ways in which individuals respond to the incentives they face.


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  • Evan Osborne
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