Intermediate Microeconomics – Hal R. Varian – 9th Edition


The success of the first eight editions of Intermediate Microeconomics has pleased me very much. It has confirmed my belief that the market would welcome an analytic approach to microeconomics at the undergraduate level.

My aim in writing the original text was to present a treatment of the methods of microeconomics that would allow students to apply these tools on their own and not just passively absorb the predigested cases described in the text. I have found that the best way to do this is to emphasize the fundamental conceptual foundations of microeconomics and to provide concrete examples of their application rather than to attempt to provide an encyclopedia of terminology and anecdote.

A challenge in pursuing this approach arises from the lack of mathemat- ical prerequisites for economics courses at many colleges and universities. The lack of calculus and problem-solving experience in general makes it difficult to present some of the analytical methods of economics. However, it is not impossible. One can go a long way with a few simple facts about linear demand and supply functions, and some elementary algebra. It is perfectly possible to be analytical without being excessively mathematical.

The distinction is worth emphasizing. An analytical approach to economics is one that uses rigorous, logical reasoning. This does not necessarily require the use of advanced mathematical methods. The language of mathematics certainly helps to ensure a rigorous analysis and using it is undoubtedly the best way to proceed when possible, but it may not be appropriate for all students.

This best-selling text is still the most modern presentation of the subject. The Varian approach gives students tools they can use on exams, in the rest of their classes, and in their careers after graduation.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Market
Chapter 2 - Budget Constraint
Chapter 3 - Preferences
Chapter 4 - Utility
Chapter 5 - Choice
Chapter 6 - Demand
Chapter 7 - Revealed Preference
Chapter 8 - Slutsky Equation
Chapter 9 - Buying and Selling
Chapter 10 - Intertemporal Choice
Chapter 11 - Asset Markets
Chapter 12 - Uncertainty
Chapter 13 - Risky Assets
Chapter 14 - Consumer's Surplus
Chapter 15 - Market Demand
Chapter 16 - Equilibrium
Chapter 17 - Measurement
Chapter 18 - Auctions
Chapter 19 - Technology
Chapter 20 - Profit Maximization
Chapter 21 - Cost Minimization
Chapter 22 - Cost Curves
Chapter 23 - Firm Supply
Chapter 24 - Industrial Supply
Chapter 25 - Monopoly
Chapter 26 - Monopoly Behavior
Chapter 27 - Factor Markets
Chapter 28 - Oligopoly
Chapter 29 - Game Theory
Chapter 30 - Game Applications
Chapter 31 - Behavioral Economics
Chapter 32 - Exchange
Chapter 33 - Production
Chapter 34 - Welfare
Chapter 35 - Externalities
Chapter 36 - Information Technology
Chapter 37 - Public Goods
Chapter 38 - Asymmetric Information
Mathematical Appendix

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