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Construction Economics: A New Approach [Paperback]

Danny Myers
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11 Sep 2008 0415462290 978-0415462297 2

Construction Economics provides students with the principles and concepts underlying the relationship between economic theory and the construction industry. The new approach adopts an argument that economics is central to government initiatives concerning sustainable construction.

This edition has been expanded to include the latest debates regarding the private finance initiative, value management, off-site manufacture, the credit crunch, the 2008 OFT investigation into contractors colluding and sustainable construction. The opportunity has also been taken to update the data, examples, readings, and references.

This invaluable textbook is essential reading across a wide range of disciplines from construction management and civil engineering to architecture, property and surveying.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (11 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415462290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415462297
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 17.7 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Danny Myers is a lecturer and researcher based in the School of the Built and Natural Environment at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, and visiting lecturer at the University of Bath, UK.


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1.0 out of 5 stars how to baffle your students 24 Oct 2012
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Clearly I must inhabit a different sphere from the previous reviewers. Economics is not a 'challenging' subject unless it is dressed with the density of economic theory - most of which has little application and little relevence to reality. The text worships jargonism - the concept of scarcity is explained in a vacuum with a definition bent into a meaningless trope. Most of the theory is cemented into broad capitalist ideology which ignores socio-economic and political realities, and certainly ignores the needs of students of construction which is a down to earth exploration of the way in which the construction industry is financed, how it accesses capitol, the way in which it is prone to national and international economic fluctuations, the business of costs and why it is so often badly managed. If anyone can explain to me how 'the interaction between the construction sector and the other sectors of the economy is a constant reference point.... a sectoral approach is referred to as mesoeconomics....this is done to make it clear that the study of any specific sector of industry inevitably falls between the conventional microeconomic and macroeconomic catagories' is meant to mean anything to anyone other than an academic inhabiting the beautiful world of obfuscation, then please explain it to me. Clear? Yeah, right. One of the better examples of how not to write a text book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Core reading in my university 7 Aug 2011
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This book provides the ideal accompaniment for anyone facing the difficult challenge of studying introductory economics as part of their HNC Building Studies, Foundation, Bachelors or even Masters Degree in a construction discipline.
The book articulates well how economic theories translate into the realities of the construction environment.
Good luck and enjoy (if that's the correct word) reading it.
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Easy understanding of construction economics I used it fir HNC building studies and found it great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Construction Economics 27 Oct 2010
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The first edition was a very good book, but the second is even better.

A "readable" economics book - whatever next? But it really is!

Most students on construction courses have to study economics as part of their degree or diploma courses. Most of the "standard works" on economics are "choc" full of economic theories but it is very hard (unless a student has done "A" level Economics) to figure out how all of this economic theory applies to the construction industry, but Danny Myers's book plugs this gap. He ought to be congratulated.

I wish this book had been written when I was doing my Surveying degree in the seventies.

Buy it! Read it! You won't regret it!
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