The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice
by David A. Dieterle, Editor
March 2017, 2168pp, 7x10
4 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39707-3
$461, £355, 401€, A632
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Economics isn’t a subject of study solely for those interested in business; it is a fundamental aspect of the world that all citizens need to understand.

A comprehensive four-volume resource that explains more than 800 topics within the foundations of economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and global economics, all presented in an easy-to-read format.

As the global economy becomes increasingly complex, interconnected, and therefore relevant to each individual, in every country, it becomes more important to be economically literate—to gain an understanding of how things work beyond the microcosm of the economic needs of a single individual or family unit. This expansive reference set serves to establish basic economic literacy of students and researchers, providing more than 800 objective and factually driven entries on all the major themes and topics in economics.

Written by leading scholars and practitioners, the set provides readers with a framework for understanding economics as mentioned and debated in the public forum and media. Each of the volumes includes coverage of important events throughout economic history, biographies of the major economists who have shaped the world of economics, and highlights of the legislative acts that have shaped the U.S. economy throughout history. The extensive explanations of major economic concepts combined with selected key historical primary source documents and a glossary will endow readers with a fuller comprehension of our economic world.


  • Provides readers with a comprehensive one-stop reference source on the subject of economics that serves as an easy-to-read "textbook"
  • Presents more than 800 entries in four books that address economics foundations, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and global economics as well as a glossary and a documents section
  • Spotlights the concepts, movements, events, people, organizations, places, and objects relevant to the study of economics at the macro, micro, and global levels
  • Includes excerpts from key court and legislative documents that influenced the U.S. economy
David A. Dieterle, PhD, is professor of economics at Walsh College and lecturer in economics at University of Michigan–Flint. He is a national teaching fellow for the Foundation for Teaching Economics. He has served economic education centers and councils in Ohio, Nebraska, Illinois, and Michigan. His previous publications include Greenwood's Economic Thinkers: A Biographical Encyclopedia and Government and the Economy: An Encyclopedia with Kathleen C. Simmons. Dieterle holds a doctorate from Michigan State University.


2018 Top Ten Reference—Booklist, May 15, 2018


"A work that tries to capture the complexity and universality of economic influences in our lives is a tall order. . . . Each entry is heavily cross-referenced, very concise (a couple of pages), and highly informative. The language is easy to understand, making this an excellent resource—highly recommended."—Booklist, Starred Review, September 1, 2017

"Each entry is heavily cross-referenced and followed by further reading suggestions. The extensive index at the end of each volume makes navigating the various topics easy. A supplemental reference that will complement high school and introductory college courses."—Library Journal, July 1, 2017

"The encyclopedia makes economics accessible; understanding the entries does not require readers to possess a background in business or economics. . . . [T]his work excels instead in its overviews of topics that put them in context. In addition to its general reference value, the set serves as a useful supplement for core high school and college economics curricula. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. High school through undergraduate students; general readers; professionals/practitioners."—Choice, November 1, 2017
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