'Hill and Myatt's timely book should be compulsory reading for every student of economics. It gives vital anwers to the question which ever more people are asking - how did economics get it so wrong? A searching critique of the actual texts which figure on economics courses offers that vital product too long absent from the economics storecupboard - a second opinion.' --Alan Freeman, coordinator, UK Association for Heterodox Economics
'What humankind needs second most (first is a cure for global warming), is a means of defusing the lethal ideological superstitions implanted in the educated masses by Samuelson/Mankiw type economics textbooks. Hill and Myatt's anti-textbook goes a long way toward providing it.' --Edward Fulbrook
'I highly recommend Hill and Myatt's anti-textbook. It is not so much an outright rejection of traditional treatments of introductory microeconomics as it is an exercise in laying bare the premises on which they are based and then suggesting alternative assumptions and methodologies. This approach leaves the student with a much deeper understanding of economic theory and it shows our discipline for what it truly is: an ongoing conversation among competing paradigms. I urge instructors to amend their courses so that time can be made for this important critique.' --John. T. Harvey, Professor of Economics, author of Currencies, Capital Flows, and Crises: A Post Keynesian Analysis of Exchange Rate Determination; former director of the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics
About the Author
Rod Hill is a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada. Tony Myatt is Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick. Fredericton, Canada. Roderick Hill (BA, U of Toronto; Diploma, International Graduate School, University of Stockholm; MA, PhD, University of Western Ontario). Rod had earlier appointments at the University of Windsor and the University of Regina and, as a graduate student, worked as a research assistant for the Royal Commission for the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada. He has been a short-term visitor at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria. He is interested in public sector economics and is a former member of the editorial board of the Canadian Tax Journal. With Tony Myatt of UNB Fredericton, hes working on an anti-text book for undergraduate students of microeconomics. In his leisure time, he enjoys chess and yoga. Tony Myatt received his PhD from McMaster University with distinction in theory. He has taught at McMaster University, Western University, Nipissing University College, the University of Toronto, and the University of New Brunswick, where he has been Professor of Economics since 1992. His research interests have included the supply-side effects of interest rates, labour market discrimination, unemployment rate disparities, and the methods and content of economic education. His interest in textbooks stems from re-evaluating what is typically taught at the introductory level. As a result, he has developed several different introductory courses as vehicles for teaching principles of economics, including Economics of Everyday Life, Economics in the Real World, and Economics Through Film. Professor Myatt was the recipient of UNB's Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.