Anderson writes top-selling study guide
DANVILLE, KY - David Anderson, associate professor of economics at Centre College, is the author of a study guide that has become a top seller for Random House and Amazon.com. "Cracking the AP Economics," part of the Princeton Review series of study guides, has been selling at a rate that ranks it among the top one percent of books offered by the on-line bookseller.
The book first appeared during February in a press run of 9,000, and it already has gone into a second printing. Anderson is the author of another similar study guide, "Cracking the Golden State Economics," targeted specifically to high school students in California.
Both study guides offer a comprehensive coverage of introductory economics, advice, information and sample questions for high school students preparing to take standardized tests for Advanced Placement (AP) credit.
Anderson speculates that his Princeton Review guide has proved popular because the topic has had limited coverage in the past. "There have been numerous study guides for traditional fields such as history and English," says Anderson, "but few offerings in economics. This is a growing area of interest to high school students."
A faculty member at Centre since 1992, Anderson has expertise in the economics of law and has published research on alternative dispute resolution and negotiation. He is the editor of Dispute Resolution: Bridging the Settlement Gap, published in 1996 by JAI Press.
Anderson is interested in the use of computers and related technology, and he has involved his students in collaborative research projects that bring together technology, advanced research and community service. He has written articles on active learning exercises and the economics of social insurance, child birth, teacher evaluation systems, marriage, and wage differences across countries. Anderson completed grant-funded research on dispute resolution for the Kentucky Real Estate Commission, and oversees an Internet litigation simulation to test new legal policy and allow attorneys and students to practice their bargaining skills.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan and master's and doctoral degrees from Duke University.
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