If you’re looking for a textbook on economics that integrates sustainability issues, this is a good choice. It exposes some of the weaknesses in classical economics while covering all the basics. It’s interesting to learn some of the oddities of some of the metrics. For example, if you work for no pay in a family business for 15 hours or more, or if you worked for hire for only an hour in the last week, you’re considered employed.  But it’s still an economics textbook. Don’t try to read it in one sitting.


Goodwin, N., Harris, J. M., Nelson, J. A., Roach, B., & Torras, M. (2013). Macroeconomics in context. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0765638748

Other publications by the authors: 
Microeconomics in Context by Neva Goodwin and Jonathan M. Harris
Principles of Economics in Context by Neva Goodwin and Jonathan M. Harris
A Survey of Sustainable Development: Social and Economic Dimensions by Jonathan Harris and Timothy Wise