Free Online Economics Textbooks

Rather than try to come up with something better, I'll borrow Wikipedia's concise definition, “Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.” Economists evaluate business, finance, government, crime, educational systems, legal systems, politics, religion, social institutions and a variety of other factors in their attempt to explain how economies work and how economic agents interact.

There are plenty of folks who understand this stuff far better than I do. And, the good news is that a growing number of them are putting their thoughts down on paper and sharing their efforts with the rest of us through free online economics textbooks, lecture notes and other scholarly works.

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List of Free Online Economics Textbooks

An Introduction to Regional Economics

Edgar M. Hoover and Frank Giarratani originally wrote this economics textbook in 1971. The 1999 edition is free online for today’s students.

Capital as Power. A Study of Order and Creorder

A free online textbook has students and experts talking. The authors suggest new ways of looking at capitalism, organized power and society.

Fundamentals of Economics I – Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics online textbook that deals with fiscal policies applying to taxation and government spending, and monetary policy affecting investments and currency value.

Fundamentals of Economics II – Microeconomics

Economics II, microeconomics online textbook on the behavior of participants in various types of markets and the goals, attitudes and actions of users and providers of resources.

Historical Economics: Art of Science?

This online text, written by Charles P. Kindleberger, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, seeks to differentiate “between an economist who deals with historical issues and a historian who studies past economic questions” and answer the question “whether history is a necessary dimension of the complete economist.”

Introduction to Economic Analysis

R. Preston McAfee, former educator and now Yahoo! employee, published the first edition of this online economics textbook in 2006. While it wasn’t adopted for use by a huge number of schools, it was used by NYU, Harvard and others. Tracy Lewis of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University helped McAfree produce the […]

Price Theory: An Intermediate Text

The author makes what appears to be a draft version of his economics textbook available for free online. David Freeman, professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law originally wrote this textbook in 1986 and published a second edition in 1990. The online text includes chapters from the second edition along with two chapters […]

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