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A Short Course in Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus
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This book provides a concise treatment of the core concepts of microeconomic theory at the intermediate level with calculus integrated into the text. The authors, Roberto Serrano and Allan M. Feldman, start with consumer theory and then discuss preferences and utility, budget constraints, the consumer's optimal choice, demand and the consumer's choices about labor and savings. They next turn to welfare economics: when is one policy better for society than another? Following are chapters presenting the theory of the firm and profit maximization in several alternative and partial equilibrium models of competitive markets, monopoly markets and duopoly markets. The authors then provide general equilibrium models of exchange and production and analyze market failures created by externalities, public goods and asymmetric information. Finally, they offer introductory treatments of decision theory under uncertainty and game theory. Graphic analysis is presented where necessary but distractions are avoided.


‘This is an excellent text on intermediate microeconomics, one of the very best I have seen for some time. I am particularly impressed by the clarity of the presentation of the material. This is not surprising, given that this text is written by two top scholars. I anticipate it will be a huge success.’

Abhinay Muthoo - University of Warwick

‘Roberto Serrano and Allan Feldman have done it again. Having already written a leading text on welfare economics and social choice, they have now produced a beautifully clear and concise book on intermediate microeconomics. Textbooks, however necessary, are not always a pleasure to read. This one is.’

Eric S. Maskin - Nobel Laureate in Economics, Harvard University

‘Students who are comfortable with simple calculus will have access in this textbook to sophisticated microeconomic concepts and results usually confined to graduate teaching. With consummate pedagogical talent, carefully designed exercises, and no compromise on intellectual rigor, Serrano and Feldman bring to life the Slutsky equation, Walrasian equilibrium, strategic competition, asymmetric information, the axiomatization of expected utility, and much more. Professional economists will love the opportunity to teach closer to their actual craft.’

Hervé Moulin - Rice University

‘The book is very well written. It is elegant and precise and it touches on all that should be touched. There is quite a large consensus about what an intermediate microeconomics course should include and this manuscript, happily, follows this consensus.’

David Pérez-Castrillo - Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona

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