Managerial economics is the application of economic theory and quantitative methods (mathematics and statistics) to the managerial decision-making process. This book will appeal to students with limited prior training in economics and quantitative methods. It assumes that students will have had mathematics training at least through pre-calculus and that they have had a course in elementary statistics. It also expects students to have had an undergraduate course in intermediate microeconomics. The book includes these features: an Online Instructor's Manual; an Online Study Guide; a problem-solving approach to the study of managerial economics that combines the features of a standard managerial economics textbook with those of a separate study guide; a method for helping business students develop the analytical skills necessary for success in the study of managerial economics, finance, and management; and, a more extensive review of mathematical techniques than most comparable textbooks. It contains a separate chapter on game theory, including: noncooperative, simultaneous-move, one- shot games; cooperative, simultaneous-move, infinitely- repeated games (including collusions, cheating rules, and determinants of collusive agreements); cooperative, simultaneous-move, finitely- repeated games; focal-point equilibria; multistage games; bargaining with and without symmetric and asymmetric impatience. It contains a chapter on the time value of money and capital budgeting. There is the accentuation of risk, uncertainty, and the economics of information throughout Book. It is practice oriented, avoiding complex theoretical explanations with cumbersome notation. The problems are included in each section and are made integral to learning and understanding subjects. Math review uses economic relationships instead of general notation. There is excellent balance among motivation, theory, and examples, and clear exposition. It emphasizes utility and applicability, not innovation. Chapters conclude with: chapter review, key terms and concepts, chapter questions, chapter exercises, and selected readings.
Designed to inform and inspire the next generation of plant biotechnologists
Plant Biotechnology and Genetics explores contemporary techniques and applications of plant biotechnology, illustrating the tremendous potential this technology has to change our world by improving the food supply. As an introductory text, its focus is on basic science and processes. It guides students from plant biology and genetics to breeding to principles and applications of plant biotechnology. Next, the text examines the critical issues of patents and intellectual property and then tackles the many controversies and consumer concerns over transgenic plants. The final chapter of the book provides an expert forecast of the future of plant biotechnology.
Each chapter has been written by one or more leading practitioners in the field and then carefully edited to ensure thoroughness and consistency. The chapters are organized so that each one progressively builds upon the previous chapters. Questions set forth in each chapter help students deepen their understanding and facilitate classroom discussions.
Inspirational autobiographical essays, written by pioneers and eminent scientists in the field today, are interspersed throughout the text. Authors explain how they became involved in the field and offer a personal perspective on their contributions and the future of the field. The text's accompanying CD-ROM offers full-color figures that can be used in classroom presentations with other teaching aids available online.
This text is recommended for junior- and senior-level courses in plant biotechnology or plant genetics and for courses devoted to special topics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also an ideal reference for practitioners
Climate change and migration are major concerns in the MENA region, yet the empirical evidence on the impact of climate change and extreme weather events on migration remains limited. Information is broadly lacking on how households in vulnerable areas perceive changes in the climate, how they are affected by extreme weather events, whether they benefit from community and government programs to help them cope with and adapt to a changing climate, and how these conditions influence the decision of household members to migrate, either temporarily or permanently. This introductory chapter summarizes briefly the main results of the study which relied on existing data as well as focus groups and new household surveys collected in 2011 in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Syria, and Yemen. The results suggest that households do perceive important changes in the climate, and that many households are being affected by extreme weather events resulting in losses in income, crops, and livestock. The coping and adaptation strategies used by households to deal with weather shocks are diverse, but also limited, with most households not able to recover from the negative impact of weather shocks. The ability of community level responses and government programs to support households is also very limited. Finally, while climate change is not today the main driver of migration flows, it does appear to contribute substantially to these flows, so that worsening climatic conditions are likely to exacerbate future migration flows.
The horticulture sector encompasses a wide range of crops namely fruit crops,
vegetables crops, potato and tuber crops, ornamental crops, medicinal and aromatic
crops, spices and plantation crops. New introductions like mushroom, bamboo and
bee keeping (for improving the crop productivity) further expanded the scope of
horticulture. While the first few Five Year Plans assigned priority to achieving self
sufficiency in food grain production, over the years, horticulture has emerged as an
indispensable part of agriculture, offering a wide range of choices to the farmers for
crop diversification. It also provides ample opportunities for sustaining large number
of agro-industries which generate substantial employment opportunities. The
horticulture sector contributes around 28% of the GDP from about 13.08% of the
area and 37 % of the total exports of agricultural commodities.
During the previous three Plan periods, focused attention was given to horticultural
research and development which placed India as the second largest producer of
fruits and vegetables, largest producer and consumer of cashew nut, tea spices, third
largest producer of coconut, forth largest producer and consumer of rubber and sixth
largest producer of coffee in the world. Today, as a result synergy between focused
research, technological and policy initiatives, high efficiency inputs, horticulture in
India, has become a sustainable and viable venture for the small and marginal
farmers. Besides, the sector has also started attracting entrepreneurs for taking up
horticulture as a commercial venture. Therefore, there is a great scope for the
horticulture industry to grow and flourish.
--A highly readable guide to how the economy really works--
Economics is too important to be left to the economists. This brilliantly concise and readable book provides non-specialist readers with all the information they need to understand how capitalism works (and how it doesn't).
Jim Stanford's book is an antidote to the abstract and ideological way that economics is normally taught and reported. Key concepts such as finance, competition and wage labor are explored, and their importance to everyday life is revealed. Stanford answers questions such as "Do workers need capitalists?", "Why does capitalism harm the environment?", and "What really happens on the stock market?" He offers both a realistic assessment of capitalism's strengths, and a robust critique of its many failures.
This book will appeal to those working for a fairer world, and students of social sciences who need to engage with economics. The book is illustrated with humorous and educational cartoons by Tony Biddle, and is supported with a comprehensive set of web-based course materials for popular economics courses.
"Damodar Gujarati and new co-author, Dawn Porter, blend the foundations of econometrics with up-to-date research. Basic Econometrics illustrates important concepts through intuitive and informative examples and data." "The Basic Econometrics, 5e website uses periodic updates to provide students and instructors with the most current introduction to econometrics. Students can access econometric web links, data sets from the text, and additional large sample data not included in the book. Instructors will also find the solutions manual, as well as all of the text images for easy download." --Book Jacket.
Where There is No Vetis more than just a book on first aid for animals. It aims to help people keep their animals healthy. It covers a wide range of topics that affect the health of livestock, from diarrhea to rinderpest, from helpful traditional remedies to the uses of modern medicines and vaccines. It includes advice on the care, feeding and handling of animals. By describing the signs of disease to look for, it helps readers to work out what is wrong with an animal and then tells them what to do about it. Special emphasis is placed on preventing and controlling diseases and problems. The book covers routine treatments, assisting births and dealing with emergencies and simple operations. Not only does it help readers realize what they can do for their own animals, it also helps them recognize which problems need assistance from experienced vets or skilled workers.
The book deals with cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys and camels. It also describes some important problems of dogs, rabbits and poultry.
The book is essential for anyone who keeps animals and for people who help advise or teach others who keep animals:
· The farmer who lives far from a vet. It explains in simple words and drawings what can be done to prevent, recognize, and treat many common sicknesses.
· The teacher in a rural school. The book gives guidelines for teaching other people about animal health and will be useful in the teaching of agricultural science.
· The NGO worker or agricultural extension worker who advises farmers on how to look after animals.
· The vet assistant or other skilled worker who advises others on how to look after their animals. The book explains which medicines or treatments are most useful for specific sicknesses and warns against any which are useless or dangerous.
Published by Oxfam in association with Macmillan and CTA
Whilst many undergraduate finance textbooks are largely descriptive in nature the economic
analysis in most graduate texts is too advanced for final year undergraduates. This book
bridges the gap between these two extremes, offering a textbook that studies economic activity
in financial markets, focusing on how consumers determine future consumption and on
the role of financial securities. Areas covered in the book include:
• An examination of the role of finance in the economy using basic economic principles,
eventually progressing to introductory graduate analysis.
• A microeconomic study of capital asset pricing when there is risk, inflation, taxes and
• An emphasis on economic intuition using geometry to explain formal analysis.
• An extended treatment of corporate finance and the evaluation of public policy.
Written by an experienced teacher of financial economics and microeconomics at both
graduate and postgraduate level, this book is essential reading for students seeking to study
the links between economics and finance and those with a special interest in capital asset
pricing, corporate finance, derivative securities, insurance, policy evaluation and discount
The aims of this textbook are to illustrate the central decision problems managers
face and to provide the economic analysis they need to guide these decisions.
It was written with the conviction that an effective managerial economics
textbook must go beyond the “nuts and bolts” of economic analysis; it should
also show how practicing managers use these economic methods. Our experience
teaching managerial economics to undergraduates, M.B.A.s, and executives
alike shows that a focus on applications is essential.
How can yet another book on finance be justified? The field is already well
served with advanced works, many of impressive technical erudition. And,
towards the other end of the academic spectrum, an abundance of mammoth texts
saturates the MBA market. For the general reader, manuals confidently promising
investment success compete with sensational diagnoses of financial upheavals to
attract attention from the gullible, avaricious or unwary.
Alas, no one can expect to make a fortune as a consequence of reading this
book. It has a more modest objective, namely to explore the economics of financial
markets, at an ‘intermediate’ level – roughly that appropriate for advanced undergraduates.
It is a work of exposition, not of original research. It unashamedly
follows Keynes’s immortal characterization of economic theory as ‘an apparatus
of the mind, a technique of thinking’. Principles – rather than assertions of
doctrine, policy pronouncements or institutional description – are the focus of
attention. If the following chapters reveal no get-rich-quick recipes, they should
at least demonstrate why all such nostrums merit unequivocal disbelief.
To respond to the increasing need to feed the world's population as well as an ever greater demand for a balanced and healthy diet there is a continuing need to produce improved new cultivars or varieties of plants, particularly crop plants. The strategies used to produce these are increasingly based on our knowledge of relevant science, particularly genetics, but involves a multidisciplinary understanding that optimizes the approaches taken.
Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding, 2nd Edition introduces both classical and molecular tools for plant breeding. Topics such as biotechnology in plant breeding, intellectual property, risks, emerging concepts (decentralized breeding, organic breeding), and more are addressed in the new, updated edition of this text. Industry highlight boxes are included throughout the text to contextualize the information given through the professional experiences of plant breeders. The final chapters provide a useful reference on breeding the largest and most common crops.
Up-to-date edition of this bestselling book incorporating the most recent technologies in the field
Combines both theory and practice in modern plant breeding
Updated industry highlights help to illustrate the concepts outlined in the text
Self assessment questions at the end of each chapter aid student learning
Accompanying website with artwork from the book available to instructors
Man's explosive intrusion into forest ecosystems has not only
affected the present character of our forests but in a more profoundly
disturbing way has also affected the evolution of our
future forests. Not only are the trees growing today different
from those of past decades, but we have often lost the resilient
capacity of this renewable resource to respond to the changing
demands of nature and man. When whole forests are lost, the
genes are lost, and replanting the land cannot recover the potential
of any extinct genes. Even during breeding, the genetic resource
may often be so reduced that future evolution is halted. Today,
forests are being more intensively exploited and the forester has
an obligation to safeguard the future of his resource. He can constructively
direct the evolution of forests toward increased productivity
within a genetic system that is capable of cumulative
improvement and of meeting the varying and uncertain demands
of the future.
This book provides an overview of the rapidly-developing field of quantitative genetics and genomics, and their application to plant breeding. Chapters have been developed from a symposium held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in March 2001. Authors include international authorities from around the world. Contents include quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping, genomics and marker-assisted selection; tissue culture and alien introgression for crop improvement; and advances in genotype by environment interaction/stability analysis.
Environmental preservation, resource conservation and assuring
of food quality for the ever growing population had been the
major challenges in agriculture during the last two decades.
Growing awareness among consumers for safe and healthy food
grown in tandem with nature has triggered the growth of another
food segment across the world. Organic farming was found to be
the most viable and effective option to address all these concerns
and to address the consumers need. Although modern organic
agriculture has its roots in consumers’ desire for safe and healthy
food and has emerged from western developed economies, of
late it has also caught the attention of sustainability promoters
and has been found to address all the global concerns. Organic
farming in its modern form is not only productive enough to
meet our growing demands but is also resource conserving and
continuously contributing to the improvement of soil health
and fertility. Ardent promoters of organic farming consider that
present day organic agriculture, which is a mix of traditional
wisdom and modern science and technology, can meet emerging
demands and become the means for complete development of
rural areas, especially in the developing countries like India
where large chunk of farmers are small, with limited resources
and with limited access to water, mainly through seasonal rains.