principles of microeconomics 7th canadian edition by mankiw
As soon as we got our hands on the first U.S. edition of Principles of Microeconomics,
it was clear to us that “this one is different.” If other first-year economics textbooks
are encyclopedias, Gregory Mankiw’s was, and still is, a handbook.
Between us, we have many years of experience teaching first-year economics.
Like many instructors, we found it harder and harder to teach with each new
edition of the thick, standard textbooks. It was simply impossible to cover all of the
material. Of course, we could have skipped sections, features, or whole chapters,
but then, apart from the sheer hassle of telling students which bits to read and not
to read, and worries about the consistencies and completeness of the remaining
material, we ran the risk of leaving students with the philosophy that what
matters is only what’s on the exam.
We do not believe that the writers of these other books set out with the intention
of cramming so much material into them. It is a difficult task to put together the
perfect textbook—one that all instructors would approve of and that all students
would enjoy using. Therefore, to please all potential users, most of the books end
up covering a wide range of topics. And so the books grow and grow.