New Book Teaches Millennials, Voters, and Politicians Basic Economics

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With an eye towards the upcoming 2016 elections, Lexington Books' entertaining new release provides a unique take on economics and economic policy in easy-to-understand language and a humorous tone.

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“Justin has a remarkable understanding of economics and explaining his viewpoints for my Millennial generation.” –Jeb Bush, Jr

In the world of academia, it's hard to find an introductory economics text that explains what has been called "the dismal science" in accessible language that truly entertains, while also informing. "The Common Sense behind Basic Economics: A guide for budding economists, students, and voters" - officially released this week by Lexington Books and authored by economic policy analyst and media personality Justin Vélez-Hagan - aims to fill this void and educate the public on the importance of understanding the basics of economics before participating in upcoming elections.

“Economics, even including introductory courses, has become so complicated in its presentation that few are able to grasp and retain the basic understanding required for citizens to be informed and engaged in government and politics,” said Justin Vélez-Hagan.

“Elected representatives aren’t immune. I’ve worked with dozens on a national and local level and am constantly amazed at how few understand economics. Given the upcoming 2016 presidential election, there’s never been a more important time for Americans – both voters and legislators – to at least learn the basics, to hold our representatives accountable and make it our civic duty to make the best choices.”

The Cliff’s Notes-style primer attempts to explain the basics of the basics in simple and easy-to-understand language that “isn’t drier than the Atacama Desert,” without the charts, graphs, and formulas typically found in text books. Adding in a dash of humor and politics, the book can be a fun supplement to the typical basic econ textbook, or can be used as a standalone introduction, with additional end-of-chapter discussions on today’s relevant policy discussions.

What others are saying:

“Justin has a remarkable understanding of economics and explaining his viewpoints for my Millennial generation.” –Jeb Bush, Jr.

“Vélez-Hagan provides a refreshing and demystifying take on the economic policy issues that capture the attention of both traditional and social media.” –Dr. Ryan Brady, professor of economics, U.S. Naval Academy

“The Common Sense behind Basic Economics attempts to take a very dry subject—economics—and fuse it with an energy and spirit. The text literally jumps off the page allowing the reader to comprehend complex issues using a bit of humor. . . A must read for the individual beginning their quest for knowledge and understanding of the economic principals driving business today.” -Dr. George T. Solomon, professor, George Washington University

To purchase a copy, please visit the online sites of Barnes & Noble, Target, Amazon, or Lexington Books. For endorsements, reviews, and discounted copies visit:

For upcoming speaking engagements or to book an appearance, email: Media(at)CommonSenseEcon(dot)com.

JUSTIN VÉLEZ-HAGAN has written for more than a dozen national and local publications while boasting a successful career as an economic policy analyst, adjunct professor, and entrepreneur. The founder of a national non-profit organization, he also sits on the boards of a number of other organizations. He is a frequent guest on radio and television news programs and advises national leaders on policy issues related to his expertise. Full bio and a list of written works and previous speaking engagements can be found here:

LEXINGTON BOOKS is an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, a leading independent publisher and one of America’s largest book distributors.

CONTACT: Media(at)CommonSenseEcon(dot)com

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