Subject: Re: Recommendations for Basic Economics Guide.
From: Alex <xela@MIT.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 12:33:05 -0400

I've picked up some economics from context, and I've read or tried
to read three or four books, none of which gave me a sense of
having any solid ground under my feet.  What did were two sets of
lectures on tape from the Teaching Company (which is not the scam
I frankly expected it to be).  Both are by Prof. Timothy Taylor of
Macalaster College, (a first-tier liberal arts school in Minnesota).
He must be a hell of a lecturer in person to come through so well
on tape while I'm driving in Boston traffic.  They're "Economics"
and "Legacies of Great Economists" (personally, I found that I
could make a lot more sense out of economics by understanding the
historical context in which economic ideas developed, and if I
were doing it again, I'd listen to "Legacies" first); descriptions
and ordering information at and


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
> From: Ralph Corderoy <>
> Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 19:18:37 +0100
> >
> >Hi,
> >
> >Having lurked on this list for a while it's clear that a big shortfall
> >in my knowledge is that of economics.  Putting aside the jokes about
> >three economists and four opinions has anyone got any suggestions for
> >books covering the topic?  I'm especially interested in those that
> >approach it from a small (software :-) business point of view and aren't
> >*too* scholarly.
> >
> >Sorry if it's a bit OT but I thought I'm probably not alone in a poor
> >understanding given a computing background.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >
> >Ralph.