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Idaho State University economics Professor Cynthia Hill co-authors ‘The Economy Today’ university-level textbook

Posted February 27, 2012

Idaho State University economics Professor Cynthia Hill is the co-author of a new edition of the university-level McGraw-Hill economics textbook, "The Economy Today," with lead author Bradley Schiller, University of Nevada Reno, and Sherri Wall, University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Cynthia HillThis is the 13th edition of the textbook, which was printed in January. The hardcover book is 736 pages that is supplemented by manuals and online materials.

"McGraw-Hill contacted me out of the blue, and said Brad Schiller wanted me to be co-author on his textbook," said Hill, who is also executive director of the ISU Student Success Center. "Working on this textbook is one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it has been extremely satisfying."

Professor Hill was in charge of updating the textbook's microeconomics chapters. She also completed a lot of work writing the end-of-chapter problems and solutions manuals, updating the book with current examples and incorporating more digital information into the textbook, such as identifying YouTube videos that illustrate basic economic concepts.

'The Economy Today' cover"We worked hard at incorporating new technology with the textbook, and making sure the digital information is just as clear and valuable to students as the print material," Hill said.

Hill is a native of Pocatello and has taught at ISU for 15 years. Her father, Richard Hill, has been a professor at ISU for 45 years. Both father and daughter have been honored as ISU Distinguished Faculty.

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