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Free online Introductory Economics textbooks
The section provides a "clean" list of free Introductory Microeconomics and Macroconomics textbooks . Clean means only full Intro level textbooks - no partial books, notes or supplemental materials... these have their own section below. The descriptions are intentionally short for ease of use. However discussion on the merits of the materials is encouraged in the discussion link at the top of the page.
Microeconomics Version 2.0 by Tim Taylor available through Textbookmedia.com. Free online, PDF for $6.95 (with study guide), paperback for $19.95.
Macroeconomics Version 2.0 by Tim Taylor available through Textbookmedia.com. Free online, PDF for $6.95 (with study guide), paperback for $19.95.
Principles of Microeconomics by Libby Rittenberg and Timothy Tregarthen available through Flatworldknowledge.com. Free online, PDF for $19.95, paperback for $29.95.
Principles of Macroeconomics by Libby Rittenberg and Timothy Tregarthen available through Flatworldknowledge.com. Free online, PDF for $19.95, paperback for $29.95.
Microeconomics by Krister Ahlersten available through Bookboon.com. Free PDFs including Exercises.
Macroeconomics by Peter Jochumzen available soon (as of 5/2/09) through Bookboon.com. Free PDFs including Exercises.
Principles of Economics II - Microeconomics by John Petroff available through the Professional Educational Organization International (PEOI).
Principles of Economics I - Macroeconomics by John Petroff available through the Professional Educational Organization International (PEOI). This looks promising.
There are also lists at these places... I will gradually filter these and place the content in its appropriate section on this page.
Community College Consortium for OER - I have incorporated all relevent books from this list (as of 5/1/09) onto this web page.
The Economics Network - this has an extensive list of material
This section could grow uncontrollably if we are not careful. Let's keep it high quality and targeted to Intro Micro or Macro.
US Monetary Policy by the Federal Reserve Bank of SF. Looks like a nice explanation of monetary policy issues. 24 pages.
The Joy of Economics by Robert J. Stonebraker of Winthrop University. This short book might be a great supplement to Intro Micro or Macro classes.
USA Economy in Brief by the US State Dept might be nice supplemental material for an Intro class
Strong Dollar Weak Dollar - Foreign Exchange Rates and the US Economy. A 15 page explanation by the Chicago FRB.
Open Learning Initiative has several Microeconomic modules that could be used as supplementary material. I found it a bit cumbersome when I fished through it.
Living Economics created by K.K. Fung (U of Memphis) has several modules (Flash drives / articles) to illustrate Micro principles. He uses it in place of a textbook. There is lots of material that takes time to work through. In the end I decided I still need a textbook - though I do like some of his content.
New Rules of the Game by Kevin Kelly is a free book that appears to be about how the emergence if IT is changing the world. Not an econ textbook.
Econ books for other courses
Outline of the US Economy prepared for the U.S. Department of State by Christopher Conte and Albert R. Karr. May be interesting supplemental material for an Intro Econ course.
Introduction to Economic Analysis by R. Preston McAfee (California Institute of Technology). This is a free PDF (or you can buy a print copy for $11.10). Despite the name this is really an Intermediate Microeconomics book. It is also available at Flatworld.com.
Econometrics by Bruce Hanson of U of Wisconsin (192 p)
Bookboon.com, in addition to the Intro books above has Basics of International Economics + Exercises, Econometrics, and a few others on particular subjects.
Economic Development being created at the Professional Educational Organization International (PEOI)