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So I'm working through the textbook " Introducing Advanced Macroeconomics: Growth and Business Cycles" by Sorrenson. I have noticed that it's very equation and math heavy, while I do enjoy maths, it all seems so futile.

I am getting the feeling that working through this book is just teaching me how to manipulate equations and not really teaching me practical economics that I can use in research.

I wanted to hear people's thoughts on this, but not sure I can post it.

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I wouldn't really recommend that question on the main site as it is opinion based. The reason why I think it is an opinion based question is due to the last point in your question.

I am getting the feeling that working through this book is just teaching me how to manipulate equations and not really teaching me practical economics that I can use in research.

I wanted to hear people's thoughts on this, but not sure I can post it.

However if you asked a question like:

What is the basis for structural macroeconomic models like those shown in "Introducing Advanced Macroeconomics: Growth and Business Cycles" by Sorrenson? how will an equation like X help me in developing my macroeconomic research skills?

I think it would be an appropriate question as it demands not a set of opinions but an answer instead.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, I'm going to do just that. $\endgroup$ – Joseph Mar 11 '18 at 18:15
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As an alternative to EconJohn's solution, you could post a question asking references that discuss the role of mathematics in economics. Many leading economists with extensive practical experience have written on the debate.

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