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Economics for Beginners

August 5, 2011

My son has a degree in Political Economy, and has loved economics since he was a child.  When he was younger, my economics son loved the Penny Candy books in the Uncle Eric Series, written by Richard Maybury.  These books come from a free market perspective and are politically conservative/libertarian.

Many people use that book with the coordinating workbook, A Bluestocking Guide: Economics, for their economics study in high school.

If this seems too basic, or you are interested in digging deeper, my son really loves Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.

For my older son, who was not particularly interested in economics, we chose to use the Teaching Company lectures instead. It seemed the least painful way to introduce him to economics.

It’s interesting to note that economics is like politics – books can represent the world view and political persuasion of the author. It can be difficult to find a perspective that matches your own. I’m not sure these books are a “perfect” match for our family, but they definitely worked! If you have a little more time be sure to look at Founders Academy where they promise US History and Economics in half the time without the tears.

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  1. Kristine says:

    Thank you. My head’s been swirling with so many different options, this included. Your opinion of it just moved it up my list.

    August 5th, 2011 at 8:52 am

  2. Linda in FL says:

    We loved the Uncle Eric books in elementary/middle school as well. We used Sonlight’s plan for Economics in high school, the core of which is Thinkwell. We’ve used Thinkwell for high school math, physics and economics. I can’t express how much we love it! Landon took Thinkwell’s Calculus course followed by the AP Calculus BC test and scored a 5. I have no doubt he could have done the same on the AP Economics test, but he didn’t need that particular college credit.

    August 5th, 2011 at 9:01 am

  3. Lee says:

    < <>> Hi Linda! It’s good to see you online :)

    August 5th, 2011 at 10:36 am

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