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Lecture Notes in Microeconomic Theory


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Preface vii Introduction ix Lecture 1. Preferences 1 Problem Set 1 10 Lecture 2. Utility 12 Problem Set 2 20 Lecture 3. Choice 23 Problem Set 3 41 Lecture 4. Consumer Preferences 45 Problem Set 4 58 Lecture 5. Demand: Consumer Choice 60 Problem Set 5 73 Lecture 6. Choice over Budget Sets and the Dual Consumer 75 Problem Set 6 82 Lecture 7. The Producer 85 Problem Set 7 92 Lecture 8. Expected Utility 94 Problem Set 8 104 Lecture 9. Risk Aversion 107 Problem Set 9 119 Lecture 10. Social Choice 121 Problem Set 10 128 Review Problems 131 References 147 Index 151

About the Author

Ariel Rubinstein is professor of economics at Tel Aviv University and New York University. He is the author of "Economics and Language" and "Modeling Bounded Rationality" and the coauthor of "A Course in Game Theory and Bargaining and Markets."


Ariel Rubinstein is one of the most original and provocative theorists of his generation. These notes, coming from his teaching of graduate microeconomics, exhibit his originality and clarity of thought. Students interested in mastering the foundations of microeconomics will benefit from studying these notes in conjunction with one of the more standard texts. -- id M. Kreps, author of "A Course in Microeconomic Theory This book will be a valuable addition to the small collection of high-level texts in microeconomics. It is distinguished by Rubinstein's characteristic skill in choice of topics and exposition, and by his unique perspective on economic theory and game theory. At the same time, it will be accessible to a wide range of students. -- cent Crawford, University of California, San Diego Ariel Rubinstein is one of the most thoughtful economic theorists. His lecture notes clearly distinguish between rationality-based models as useful objects of mathematical study, and using other kinds of math to incorporate psychological limits on rationality in a disciplined way. This two-pronged perspective gives the book a distinctive twist. It will be widely used by students and teachers, and its interesting ideas about bounded rationality and behavior are unique. -- in F. Camerer, author of "Behavioral Game Theory

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