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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Economics Reading List: High School

This is a supplemental reading list to accompany our Economics course. You may choose 1 or 2 books (depending on their length and difficulty) and write a report for your parent in order to get a full semester credit for Economics.

Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell
A Stanford professor, Sowell writes a clear and concise explanation of economics for the layman. Follow up with Economics in One Lesson.

Economics in One Easy Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics by Henry Hazlitt
Short readable chapters. The "one lesson" is taught in chapter one. The remaining chapters contain stories to back up the lesson.

The Math Behind Wall Street: How the Market Works and How to Make it Work for You by Nicholas Teebagy
Outlines the concepts behind the stock market and explains the terminology. Gives you the basics.

The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
There are many books about Hayek's economics but this is his most accessible book for a high school student. It's a critique of Europe's (particularly England's) shift to socialism after World War II.

The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers by Robert Heilbroner
Biographies of economists. Also introduces basic concepts.

The Motley Fool Guide to Investing for Teens: Eight Steps to Having More Money than Your Parents Ever Dreamed of by David and Tom Gardner with Selena Maranjian
Teens learn investment strategies to prepare for their financial future.

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