Economics for Life

Real-World Financial Literacy

by Donald T. Wargo

America has evolved into an ownership society. Home-buying decisions, resource allocation, debt exposure, and financial planning for the future are now left to individuals, with little guidance from the companies or institutions they work for. Economics, with its insistence on quantifying ideas and putting specific quantitative values on all manner of phenomena, can help us sort through many puzzling dilemmas. Economics for Life: Real-World Financial Literacy is designed to help soon-to-be college graduates emerge into the start of their "real lives" with better comprehension of how to analyze the financial decisions that they will soon have to make. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, this textbook will help students learn how to make decisions on saving and investing for retirement, buying a car, buying a home, as well as how to safely navigate the use of debt and credit cards.

Donald T. Wargo is an Associate Professor of Instruction at Temple University. Prior to his teaching career, he held executive positions in a number of large real estate companies in the Philadelphia area, including vice president of finance and president. For fifteen of those years, he ran his own development company, Wargo Properties, Inc.

The Pandemic Recession (Mid February 2020 to Mid April 2020)


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  • publisher
    North Broad Press
  • publisher place
    Philadelphia, PA
  • restrictions
    CC BY-NC 4.0
  • rights
    Copyright 2023. Available under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.
  • rights holder
    Donald T. Wargo