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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 4 edition (17 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199264961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199264964
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.3 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is a textbook which really deals with the modern approach to macroeconomics and is a beautiful blend of theory, empiricism and policy. A must for general and business economics students. |s Professor Rick van der Ploeg, University of Amsterdam |d 11/12/1996 -- Professor Rick van der Ploeg, University of Amsterdam

Intermediate in level, outstanding in quality. Already the standard by which Europe's students are judged. |s Professor David Begg, Birkbeck College |d 11/12/1996 -- Professor David Begg, Birkbeck College

Once upon a time we had to use texts that dealt exclusively with US developments and debates; the second edition of Burda and Wyplosz's groundbreaking European macroeconomics text ensures that will never be the case again. |s Professor Charles Bean, London School of Economics |d 11/12/1996 -- Professor Charles Bean, London School of Economics

The book offers an open economy analysis and provides economic data, and gives relevant examples and interesting case studies from European and world economies./Charles Wyplosz/Journal of Macroeconomics Spring 1998, Vol.20, No.2 -- Charles Wyplosz Journal of Macroeconomics Spring 1998, Vol.20, No.2

There is a German saying: The "better" is the enemy of the "good". This saying applies to the second edition of this fabulous book. It is the very best European text on macroeconomics that I have seen. |s Professor Hans-Werner Sinn, University of Munich |d 11/12/1996 -- Professor Hans-Werner Sinn, University of Munich --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
I used this textbook extensively during my one-year course in Intermediate Macroeconomics. Though a pretty reasonable textbook, it is let down by a few nasty chapters (namely, on Growth) and out-of-this-world appendixes, whose purpose supposedly consists of clarifying the ideas but which really amount to no more than useless pieces in mathematical economics. It does possess the advantage of offering a European background on Macroeconomics and its standard is higher than its American "rivals", such as Mankiw or Blanchard. My advice would be to combine this textbook and one of the above: the Americans (especially Mankiw) possess great clarity of exposition, and having already gained insight to the subjects with those books you will take much greater advantage of Burda and Wyplosz' effort. One last note: there is a certain amount of ideological bias throughout the book, and the authors are unable to turn away from what is, from my point of view, an excessively Monetarist approach.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A basic, but untidy, textbook 6 Feb. 2007
By H. Sætra - Published on
Format: Paperback
First of all, the book does cover basic Macroeconomics. Not in a great way though, you could easily read through this book without really grasping what the IS-LM curves actually do for example, but if you realize when they are doing a poor job of explaining, just read again or read up elsewhere.

Also, if you have done Microeconomics, too much of this book is pure repetition. Too much of this book pretends a large part of the overlap between macro- and microeconomics is purely macroeconomics, so it explains it all. I guess that is a symptom of a sketchy subjectarea, Microeconomics is a far better defined area of study, Macro seems to be Micro, Finance and a lot of guesswork in the middle. An exaggeration for sure, and it COULD be through errors of this book that I got this impression, but I don't think so.

Maybe the worst thing though, is that they have done a spectacular job of managing to get just about every box (Sort of minicases the embellishes the text) and figures/tables on a different page than where it is referenced. This means you constantly have to flip the page as you read through the reasoning and at the same time try to follow it in the figures. It may sound trivial, but after a while I can assure you it is not. Mabe they should have printed this book in a larger format, getting some ideas from american textbooks where they usually allow for a little more space in order to match figures and text, instead of trying to save on papercost.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great macroeconomic textbook 4 April 2001
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Format: Paperback
This book, intermediate in level, is a great textbook for european students or students interested in European economics. It's nice to read a european oriented book every now and then when most economics books are American. The book deals the with modern approach to macro economicsa and uses micro-economic foundations. It gives timely examples and lively case studies taken from the European and global economic scene. Even for business school students this book will be very usefull in understanding the european ecnomic envoronment. Moreover it's well written, easy to read style.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not good for selfstudy 10 May 2005
By G., Koray - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is hard to understand and not good for self study. On the back side of the book it is written that

"...companian web site provides the following resources for both lecturer and student:

* Lecture Plans

* PowerPoint slide shows

* Solutions to end of chapter exercises

* Revision Questions

* Weblinks

* Case studies."

I tried to access the website but i noticed that those resources are not for students although they mentioned so.

I donot recommend that book instead buy one of N. Gregory Mankiw's economics book.

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