Economics is an important course for those looking to pursue a career in accounting, analysis and marketing.

Economics—the social science of how people consume and create goods and services—is a continually evolving field, and the results of ongoing scholarship provide valuable classroom learnings to the millions of students who will become financial consultants, data analysts, lawyers and more.

Here, we look at how Top Hat’s always up-to-date principles of economics textbook stacks up against the most recent versions available from legacy publishers.

Principles of Economics

1. Principles of Economics | Top Hat

Author: Stephen Buckles (Vanderbilt University)

In Top Hat’s textbook, economics extends beyond the page with interactive graphing tools, contemporary articles and news clips of interest to millennial students. A question bank is provided with each chapter to test students’ comprehension.

Average Price: Up to 40–60 percent more affordable
Edition: Constantly updated
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Principles of Economics

2. Principles of Economics | Cengage

Author: N. Gregory Mankiw (Harvard University)

The 8th edition of Cengage’s Principles of Economics helps students better understand the potential and limits of economic policies, and at the same time, helps them understand their world to make them better participants in the economy. Access to the online platforms MindTap and Aplia sold separately.

Average Price: $130 (e-book with a 6-month subscription only)
Edition: 8th edition
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Principles of Economics

3. Principles of Economics | Pearson

Authors: Karl E. Case (Wellesley College), Ray C. Fair (Yale University) and Sharon E. Oster (Yale University)

The latest edition of this textbook offers an overview of how market economies function and helps students understand the strengths and weaknesses of economies through the latest research and new exercises. Access to the online platform MyLab Economics sold separately.

Average Price: $69 (e-book only)
Edition: 13th edition
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Principles of Microeconomics

4. Principles of Microeconomics | McGraw-Hill

Authors: Campbell McConnell (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Stanley Brue (Pacific Lutheran University) and Sean Flynn (Scripps College)

With a focus on content meant to facilitate classroom discussion and interactive graphs and videos, McGraw-Hill’s tome also features graphing assessments to measure students’ comprehension. Access to the online learning platform Connect sold separately.

Average Price: $199 (text only)
Edition: 21st edition
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