The Economics of Services

Microfoundations, Development and Policy, Second Edition

2nd edition

Jan Owen Jansson, Professor Emeritus, Linköping University, Sweden

Despite the fact that services have overtaken industry in terms of employment and GDP in developed countries, rigorous economic study of the service sector remains seriously neglected. The first edition of The Economics of Services initiated a redress of this oversight. Fully revised and updated, the second edition of this highly acclaimed textbook should be required complimentary reading to mainstream microeconomics textbooks for graduate students of economics and for advanced courses in labour, urban and regional economics, economic geography and economic history.

Acclaim for the first edition:

‘This is a well-written, provocative book, featuring much new material, original data analyses and interesting insights. Despite the proliferation of books on various aspects of services, there is nothing quite like it around. In particular, examination of the challenges that the growth of services presents to conventional economics is very valuable.’
– Ian Miles, University of Manchester, UK

‘This is an intriguing book that contains many interesting ways of conceptualising service from the perspective of economics. It makes a number of important contributions to the academic literature. It is one of the very few books and it might even be the only book to be written by an economist on the economics of services – it is thus a pioneer work and is of value in that it attempts to bring together the work that economists have done on services.’
– John Bryson, University of Birmingham, UK

2014 336 pp Paperback 978 1 78254 084 7 £31.95 £25.56 $48.00 $38.40
2013 336 pp Hardback 978 0 85793 217 4 £104.00 £93.60 $154.00 $138.60

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