Microeconomics is packed with applications to our everyday life – this course will help you connect the dots
This is a zoom-in, zoom-out, connect-the-dots tour of Game Theory, Competition and the Elasticity of Demand andSupply.
Let’s parse that
- ‘connect the dots’: Economics is deep – even the simplest concepts in Micro-Econ 101 are missed by leaders in business and politics, and commit basic errors in judgment. This course makes sure that won’t happen to you.
- ‘zoom in’: Getting the details is very important in economics – you really have to understand the nitty-gritty of graphs and intersecting curves and lines. There is a lot of meaning in those details
- ‘zoom out’: The real value of economics, particularly microeconomics, is in taking seemingly over-simplified models, and then applying insights from those over-simplified models to the world at large. This course makes sure you can go from the specific to the general.
- Game Theory: Discounting and price wars, Prisoner’s dilemma and nuclear arms races, Winner-takes-all games and the commercialization of sport.
- Competition: Perfect competition, monopoly and monopolistic competition
- Firm Costs: The deep meaning underlying total and marginal costs, and the least-cost principle
- Utility and Consumer Equilibrium: Indifference curves, and relating price and value. Income effects, and deriving Demand curves from indifference curves
- Applications of Elasticity: Modeling taxes, the troublesome economics of agriculture, minimum wages.
- Elasticity, Demand and Supply: Defining and using elasticity. Linear Demand Curves and a neat trick. Demand and Supply demystified.
Economics: Competition, Elasticity, a little Game Theory