Please suggest a good alternative to intermediate macroeconomics by Mankiw. A book with better teaching and which develops better understanding but at a similar level in terms of difficulty. I personally do not like mankiw's book. I can understand concepts at superficial level but do not get in depth understanding.

  • $\begingroup$ I would like recommend Steven Williamson's Macroeconomics. It's roughly at the same level as Mankiw's book, but more centers on developing basic ideas around RBC and its extensions. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 22:01
  • $\begingroup$ When I read them, I found Mankiw's books to be quite adequate. What, in your opinion, is missing for "in depth understanding"? I don't think economics is a subject that you can gain an "understanding of" to the same "depth" as, for example, Newtonian mechanics. If that is your expectation you will have to develop your own much-improved version of economics ;) $\endgroup$
    – Atsby
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 4:07
  • $\begingroup$ There seems to be controversy (and walkouts during his class) regarding Mankiw's 10 Principles. @MettaWorldPeace (or anyone else), is there a book that would have a contrasting worldview, but equal in quality? A non keynesian or marxist view might fit. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 10:05
  • $\begingroup$ Hal R Varian's book on Intermediate economics is what I used, and it was pretty good. $\endgroup$
    – Kitsune Cavalry
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 23:53

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I would highly recommend Blanchard's Macroeconomics, especially for the short and medium run. Another book to look at, especially for the long run and growth is Burda and Wyplosz (2012)


A great (more technical but still easily accessible) intermediate Macro book is "Macroeconomic Theory and Policy" by David Andolfatto


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