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Microeconomic Theory : Basic Principles and Extensions

Author(s): Walter Nicholson | Christopher Snyder

ISBN: 9789386668059

Edition: 12th

© Year : 2017


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 786

Trim Size : 254 x 203 mm

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Present today’s most cutting-edge treatment of microeconomics with the proven market leader -- MICROECONOMIC THEORY: BASIC PRINCIPLES AND EXTENSIONS. Now even better, this 12th edition offers a level of mathematical rigor ideal for upper-level undergraduate or beginning graduate students. This edition provides clear, accurate coverage of advanced microeconomic concepts while illustrating how theory applies to practical situations Readers work with theoretical tools, real-world applications, new behavioral economics problems, and the latest developments in microeconomics. The book’s unique presentation even helps build student intuition with highly-acclaimed, two-tier end-of-chapter problems that begin with simple numerical/mathematical exercises followed by more analytical, theoretical, complex, and behavioral economics problems.

  • CONTENT ADDRESSES THE LATEST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS AND CHANGES. This book thoroughly addresses recent advances in price discrimination and innovation, and presents a timely treatment of comparative statics applied to monopoly.
  • STUDENT-FRIENDLY PRESENTATION HELPS ENSURE COMPREHENSION AND APPLICATION. The authors skillfully combine expected calculus derivations used in advanced microeconomics with insightful graphical presentations. Today’s visual learners clearly see the connections between the calculus, geometry, and graphical representations of the same material.
  • PROVEN LEARNING FEATURES FURTHER STRENGTHEN STUDENT UNDERSTANDING. This edition weaves thorough summaries, memorable examples and instructive figures throughout the presentation to clarify and expand upon key microeconomic principles.
  • END-OF-CHAPTER “EXTENSIONS” PRESENT EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF THE CHAPTER’S topics. Your students can explore key topics further with these optional empirical studies as well as references to recent and classic related articles. Many extensions illustrate how economic theory is applied to empirical questions.
  • CONTENT ON DUALITY AND ENVELOPE THEOREM IS COMPLETELY REVISED. The authors have improved the book’ presentation on duality and envelope theorem to provide a more consistent and integrated approach to these key topics.
  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF COMPARATIVE STATICS WITH NEW COVERAGE OF REQUIRED MATHEMATICS BETTER PREPARES STUDENTS. The authors have now unified the treatment of comparative statics throughout this edition with extensively rewritten applications to market equilibrium in Chapter 12 and to monopoly in Chapter 14.
  • STREAMLINED AND CLARIFIED NOTATIONS AND DEFINITIONS HELP ENSURE STUDENT COMPREHENSION. These valuable notes and definitions appear in virtually every chapter of this edition and make instruction easier by heading off potential sources of confusion.
  • BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS IS NOW EMPHASIZED THROUGHOUT. Readers find more coverage of this increasingly important area of economic study throughout this edition. In addition, all-new behavioral economics problems appear within the end-of-chapter problem sets.
  • NEW DISCUSSION ADDRESSES FIXED COSTS IN HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES. Students examine this issue of increasing importance and also examine recent advances in the study of competition in insurance markets.


1. Economic Models.

2. Mathematics for Microeconomics.


3. Preferences and Utility.

4. Utility Maximization and Choice.

5. Income and Substitution Effects.

6. Demand Relationships among Goods.


7. Uncertainty.

8. Game Theory.


9. Production Functions.

10. Cost Functions.

11. Profit Maximization.


12. The Partial Equilibrium Competitive Model.

13. General Equilibrium and Welfare.


14. Monopoly.

15. Imperfect Competition.


16. Labor Markets.

17. Capital and Time.


18. Asymmetric Information.

19. Externalities and Public Goods.

Walter Nicholson, Amherst College

Dr. Walter Nicholson is the Ward H. Patton Emeritus Professor of Economics at Amherst College and a visiting professor at Ave Maria University, Naples, Florida. Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Nicholson has sought to develop in students an appreciation for the value of economic models in the study of important social questions. He also has enjoyed showing students some of the stranger things that economists have sought to model. Dr. Nicholson received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT. Most of his research is in the area of labor economics, especially policy questions related to unemployment. He lives in Naples, Florida and Montague, Massachusetts, where he and his wife enjoy the frequent visits of their eight grandchildren.


Christopher Snyder, Dartmouth College

Dr. Christopher Snyder is the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, where he pursues research and teaching interests in microeconomic theory, industrial organization, and law and economics. He is a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research, serves on the board of the Industrial Organization Society, and is an associate editor of the Review of Industrial Organization. Snyder received his Ph.D. from MIT. His recent research has appeared in leading economics journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics and Quarterly Journal of Economics. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife, who also teaches economics at Dartmouth, and three daughters.