Principles of Microeconomics

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Economics influences our everyday lives whether we realize it or not. Even our labor-leisure tradeoff, our decision to work or relax, is guided by economic principles. (Image courtesy of Ingo Bernhardt on Flickr.)




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Course Features

Course Description

14.01 Principles of Microeconomics is an introductory undergraduate course that teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics. This course introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and welfare economics. Students will also be introduced to the use of microeconomic applications to address problems in current economic policy throughout the semester.

Course Format

Click to get started. This course has been designed for independent study. It includes all of the materials you will need to understand the concepts covered in this subject. The materials in this course include:

  • A complete set of Lecture Videos by Prof. Jon Gruber.
  • Reading Assignments in your choice of two textbooks – one of which is a free online edition - as preparation for the lectures.
  • Multiple-choice Quizzes to assess your understanding of the key concepts in each session.
  • Problem Sets with solution keys to test your ability to apply to concepts covered in lecture, and Problem Solving Videos to provide step-by-step instruction through several problem set solutions.
  • A collection of links For Further Study to provide supplemental online content.
  • A full set of Exams, including review material and practice exams to help you prepare.