Microeconomics: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199689378

Avinash K. Dixit
152 Pages
114 x 174 mm
Pub date
Apr 2014
Very Short Introductions


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  • Clearly explains what microeconomics is and how it works
  • Illustrates the concepts of microeconomics through examples in politics, government, and everyday life
  • Addresses the failures of the microeconomy and what can be done to address them

Microeconomics - individuals' choices of where to live and work, how much to save, what to buy, and firms' decisions about location, hiring, firing, and investment - involves issues that concern us on a daily basis. But when people think about economics, they tend to place importance on the bigger picture - macroeconomics - including issues such as unemployment, inflation, and the competitiveness of nations. 
In this Very Short Introduction, Avinash Dixit argues that the microeconomy has a large impact on the economic world, arguably as much as the issues of macroeconomics. 
Dixit steers a clear path through the huge number of issues related to microeconomics, explaining what happens when things go well, as well as showing how they fail, why that happens, and what can be done about it. Using real-life examples from around the world, using the minimum of mathematics and including simple graphs, he provides insights into economics from psychology and sociology to explain economic behaviour and rational choice. An ideal introduction for anyone interested in business and economics. 

"One of The Financial Times Best Books of 2014"

"Dixit demonstrates in this accessible book that economists do at least know a great deal more than nothing about microeconomics" - Lorien Kite, Book of the Year 2014, Financial Times

"[A]ccessible and straight-talking" - Rutland Mercury


1: What and why of microeconomics
2: Consumers
3: Producers
4: Markets and incentives
5: Institutions and organizations
6: Policy
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About the author: 

Avinash Dixit is John J. F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics Emeritus at Princeton University. He is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His research interests have included microeconomic theory, game theory, international trade, industrial organization, growth and development theories, public economics, political economy, and the new institutional economics.

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