Economics for Social Workers

The Application of Economic Theory to Social Policy and the Human Services

Michael Lewis and Karl Widerquist

Columbia University Press

Economics for Social Workers

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Pub Date: March 2002

ISBN: 9780231116879

246 Pages

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Economics for Social Workers

The Application of Economic Theory to Social Policy and the Human Services

Michael Lewis and Karl Widerquist

Columbia University Press

This primer for social work students introduces the general definitions and concepts of economics and uses case studies in social work to develop applied knowledge. The case studies include stories of job training, substance abuse centers, counseling, therapy, child protective services, and services for the poor. The concluding chapters are devoted to topics directly related to social work: economics of poverty, health economics, household economics, the economics of labor, and government failure.
The Economic Perspective
Marginal Analysis
Perfect Competition and the Supply and Demand Model
Imperfect Competition
Market Failure and Government Intervention
Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
Government Failure
The Economics of Labor
The Economics of Poverty
Health Economics
Economic Demography

About the Author

Michael Lewis is assistant professor of Social Welfare at SUNY-Stony Brook.

Karl Widerquist is a research associate at the Jerome Levy Economics Research Institute of Bard College.