Sunday, March 25, 2007

Prooffreeding

It's no wonder I'm having trouble understanding my Econ textbook (and it's supposedly one of the better-written texts on the subject—not to mention it was written by a faculty member of our esteemed University *ahem*). Read this:
What makes the demand for labor or another variable input in the resource market shift?
Eh?

Here, let me reword it for you:
What causes the shift in the demand for labor or another variable input in the resource market?
There, isn't that better?

Now try this one:
The less the marginal revenue that the resources produce, the less desirable are the resources and the lower the resource demand.
Clunkety-clunkety-clunk-clunk-clunk.

This one took some thought. How about
As the marginal revenue produced by the resources decreases, the demand for and desirability of those resources also decreases.
OR:
The demand for and desirability of resources decreases as the marginal revenue produced by those resources decreases.
I don't know, take your pick.

Maybe I should edit textbooks for a living. But... that would mean having to READ them for a living. Seeing as how I'm having trouble reading them for school....


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At 9:37 AM, March 26, 2007, Anonymous Erin said...

Ah, the wonderful world of text books ... I think that they may actually exist for the purpose of confusion. :) Well, that and sucking every ounce of cash out of your wallet when you have to buy them. Ouch!

 
At 7:29 PM, March 26, 2007, Anonymous tiennie said...

Textbooks! So glad that part of my life is over!

 

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