At the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the third millenium we are witnessing a historical moment with the creation of large, common continental markets such as NAFTA, EFTA, MERCOSUL, the amalgamation of large companies to become mega-corporations, and a worldwide employment crisis, forcing workers to renounce their rights to preserve jobs! Elsevier’s Economics Dictionary aims at registering the terminological changes resulting from these facts.
The dictionary encompasses the entire field of economics: economic theory and history, micro- and macroeconomics, financial economics, natural resource economics, social economics, fiscal monetary policies, business economics, financial economics, international economics, economic systems, economic development and growth, and labour economics. It contains terms, expressions, neologisms, idioms, proverbs, colloquialisms, slang, jargon, etc., a large number of which cannot be found in other dictionaries. Where appropriate, a short explanation is given. Included is terminology from all parts of the English-speaking world (US, UK, Canada and Australia), the French-speaking world (France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada), the Spanishspeaking world (Latin American and Continental Europe), the Italian-speaking world, the Portuguese-speaking world (Brazil and Portugal), and the German-speaking world (German, Switzerland and Austria). The dictionary also contains an extensive list of over 2,500 acronyms and abbreviations in several languages.
In all fields of human activity the English language plays a dominant role, irrelevant of whether the mother tongue is English or not. I hope that this dictionary, in which six languages are grouped together, will provide a communication tool that is indispensable and essential for business people who work in a new economic world order and who wish to …
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