Economics Undergraduate Textbooks

Throughout university, I have come across a range of textbooks. The following is a list of the core textbooks, categorised by course and the level of study. It gives a good overview of the curriculum covered in an Undergraduate Economics degree.


Maths, Statistics and Econometrics (accompanying year 1-4)
Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis by Knut Sydsaeter, Peter Hammond, and Arne Strom
Mathematical Statistics with Applications by Dennis Wackerly, William Mendenhall and Richard Scheaffer
Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach by Jeffrey Wooldridge


EC111 Introduction to Economics
Economics by Mark P. Taylor and N. Gregory Mankiw


EC212 Microeconomics 2
Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach by Hal R. Varian
Mathematics for Economics and Business by Ian Jacques

EC213 Macroeconomics 2
Macroeconomics: A European Perspective by Olivier Blanchard, Francesco Giavazzi and Alessia Amighini (Chapters 1-12)
Mathematics for Economics and Business by Ian Jacques


EC312 Microeconomics 3
Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory by Joel Watson
Intermediate Public Economics by Jean Hindricks and Gareth D. Myles
Introduction to Econometrics by Gary Koop

EC313 Macroeconomics 3
Macroeconomics: A European Perspective by Olivier Blanchard, Francesco Giavazzi and Alessia Amighini (The remaining chapters)
Introduction to Econometrics by Gary Koop


EC403 Microeconomics 4
Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory
by Joel Watson
Incentives: Motivation and the Economics of Information by D.E. Campbell

EC404 Macroeconomics 4
Macroeconomics: Imperfections, Institutions, and Policies by Wendy Carlin and David Soskice
Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability, and the Financial System by Wendy Carlin and David Soskice

EC412 Industrial Economics
Industrial Organization: Competition, strategy, policy by J. Lipczynski, J. Wilson and J. Goddard
Industrial Organization: Contemporary Theory and Empirical Applications by L. Pepall, D. Richards, and G. Norman
Industrial Organization: A Strategic Approach by J. Church and R. Ware
Industrial Organization: Markets and Strategies by P. Belleflamme and M. Peitz

EC413 Applied Econometrics
– no single textbook assigned 
Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach by Wooldridge together with more advanced books on limited dependent variables, panel data sets, and volatility and cointegration in time series data are helpful.

EC415 Behavioral Economics
A Course in Behavioral Economics by E. Angner
Behavioral Economics by E. Cartwright
The Foundations of Behavioral Economic Analysis by S. Dhami
An Introduction to Behavioral Economics by N. Wilkinson and M. Klaes


The following textbooks were used at university in New Zealand (exchange):

ECON604 Macroeconomics in the Global Environment
Macroeconomics by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells

ECON703 Applied Econometrics
Econometrics by Example by Damodar Gujarati

ECON706 Growth and Development Economics
Economic Development by Michael P. Todaro and Stephen C. Smith
Economics of Development by Dwight H. Perkins and Steven Radelet

DESN702 Design and Innovation for Sustainability
How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today by John Thackara (not really an Economics book but worthwhile reading)