To try to kill the market for used texts, textbook publishers crank out new editions every three years or so. The changes are often superficial, but regular reviews are required to see what the texts are currently saying about important topics. I intend to use this blog to do that sort of thing myself, but I'll also report on the work of others if I can.
So I was interested to see that Yoram Bauman, famous as the first economist to try standup comedy with an economics theme, has recently written a review of the most recent editions of leading American introductory texts called Grading Economics Textbooks on Climate Change. (You can see his notice about it on his blog here and the full document here. For a video of his standup routine on the principles of economics, see this on his YouTube channel.)
[This simulation from NASA.]
The texts' treatment of climate change is no laughing matter. The topic is an important one and, according to Dr. Bauman, some of the books do a good job, and some are bad to downright awful. It would be interesting to see if those failing to make the grade on this topic also show consistent failings on other hot-button ideologically-sensitive topics as well. For example, do they feature one-sided discussions of minimum wages or labour unions or trade liberalization, for instance?