Prelims Micro

You can find the tutorial sequence here.

The lecture list is here.

The relevant Weblearn site is here.

The aim of this course is to get you conversant in the language of microeconomics. When non-economists think about economics, they typically think of the study of unemployment, growth, and other factors relating to the macroeconomy at large. However, behind the scenes lies a vast array of choices and transactions carried out by individual agents; be that individuals’ choices of whether to work, how much to save, what to buy, firms’ choices about how much to produce, what prices to charge and whether to invest, and government’s choices about what to tax, what to subsidise, and what goods and services to provide. These are the sorts of microeconomic issues that we will study this term.

While at times the subject matter might at times seem abstract and overly technical, remember that the skills you will learn over the term will be invaluable to you as an economist. This course will introduce you to a core set of techniques and methods, which you must master before you can head off and apply economic analysis to the various topics that you might be interested in, from development economics to family economics to monetary economics. To help you make connections between the material we will study, and the aspects of the “real world” that you are interested in, I am (in the process!) of collecting articles and podcasts for you to delve into to help bring the subject to life.