"All too often students read their economics textbook and think that it conveys to them the entire principles of economics. Textbook writers try, but few would say that we succeed. In fact, what can fit in the text is just the tip of the iceberg- and that tip often does an injustice to the subtleties of arguments which give them real meaning. To convey those subtleties it is necessary to read original texts. Faculty know that, but because of copyright laws, time constraints, and costs of getting together a collection of readings, all too often the only assignments that appear on the reading list are those from the textbook. That's sad. Somehow, it just seems wrong to us for students to have gone through introductory economics and not have read a few pages of authors such as Adam Smith, Karl Marx, F.A.Hayek, John Maynard Keynes, Thorstein Veblen, Milton Friedman, and John Kenneth Galbraith. Their writings changed the direction of economic thinking and raise many questions that students should be considering when learning the principles of economics.
This collection is designed to make it a bit easier for faculty to assign some readings beyond the textbook. It is a collection of classic readings appropriate for the introductory economics course designed to accompany Colander's Economics textbook."