The best books to get into microeconomics

Why am I passionate about this?

When understanding the interactions in our economy, it is critical to recognize all participants in this complex system. I’m passionate about microeconomics because it provides me with a different perspective to examine the world around me. I use my microeconomic glasses and I enjoy rationalizing the daily interactions and predicting the potential outcomes.


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Intermediate Microeconomic Theory: Tools and Step-by-Step Examples

By Ana Espinola-Arredondo, Felix Munoz-Garcia,

Book cover of Intermediate Microeconomic Theory: Tools and Step-by-Step Examples

What is my book about?

This book takes a concise, example-filled approach to intermediate microeconomic theory, focusing on worked-out examples and step-by-step solutions. Each chapter presents main theoretical models and then offers several examples and applications as well as the intuition behind each mathematical assumption and result. The book provides step-by-step tools for solving standard exercises, offering students a common approach for solving similar problems. The book walks readers through each algebra step and calculation, so only a basic background in algebra and calculus is assumed. The book includes 140 self-assessment exercises, giving students an opportunity to apply concepts from previous worked-out examples.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Parks and Recreation and Economics

Ana Espinola-Arredondo Why did I love this book?

This is a funny exploration of the popular TV series, showing how each episode is packed with microeconomics topics, including comparative advantage, demand and supply, costs, market imperfections, and government interventions.

It even includes several references to macroeconomics, including growth, labor markets, and inequality.

Readers can also consider other titles in this series, based on their taste of popular culture, including Superheroes and Economics, Seinfeld and Economics, and The Beatles and Economics, among others.

By Jadrian Wooten,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Parks and Recreation and Economics as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This book provides an in-depth look at the primary foundations of economics explored through the lens of the Pawnee Department of Parks and Recreation. Each episode of the hit television series, Parks and Recreation, includes material to help an eager learner understand the basics of one of the most fascinating fields of study.

Whether you've wondered how economists determine specialization or why fast-food restaurants continue to pop up around your neighborhood, the same situations have occurred in Pawnee. Each chapter highlights key scenes or major episodes that demonstrate how the characters experience economics in exactly the same way the rest…


Book cover of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Ana Espinola-Arredondo Why did I love this book?

A New York Times bestseller making several journal articles in microeconomic issues, especially labor economics, easily accessible to the general public, including education choices, racial and gender discrimination, family decisions, baby-naming, and Sumo wrestling.

Several humorous notes make its reading very entertaining for people of all backgrounds.

The authors do an excellent job at helping readers understand statistical concepts at a very intuitive level, which they can use when thinking about other real-world problems.

By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Freakonomics as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The legendary bestseller that made millions look at the world in a radically different way returns in a new edition, now including an exclusive discussion between the authors and bestselling professor of psychology Angela Duckworth.

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Which should be feared more: snakes or french fries? Why do sumo wrestlers cheat? In this groundbreaking book, leading economist Steven Levitt—Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and winner of the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark medal for the economist under 40 who has made the greatest contribution to the discipline—reveals that…


Book cover of Microeconomics

Ana Espinola-Arredondo Why did I love this book?

This is a widely used book in introduction to microeconomics courses in colleges around the world, from the Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman.

The book assumes no algebra or calculus, other than elementary arithmetic, thus being appropriate for students from different backgrounds.

Each chapter is well motivated with real-life problems and data, followed by a basic, intuitive, explanation of how microeconomics helps us model and understand the tradeoff that individuals or firms face in that setting.

Highly recommended for students with little math background.

By Paul Krugman, Robin Wells,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Microeconomics as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When it comes to explaining current economic conditions, there is no economist readers trust more than New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman.  Term after term, Krugman is earning that same level of trust in the classroom, with more and more instructors introducing students to the fundamental principles of economics via Krugman’s signature storytelling style. The new Third Edition of Paul Krugman and Robin Wells’s Economics is their most accomplished yet—extensively updated to offer new examples and stories, new case studies from the business world, and expert coverage of the ongoing financial crisis. Watch a video interview of…


Book cover of Microeconomics

Ana Espinola-Arredondo Why did I love this book?

This is a classic reference for students learning microeconomic theory, both in economics and business degrees.

It offers a nice combination of motivating real-life examples, rigor, figures, and intuitive explanations.

Because it avoids mathematical details in most chapters, it is often used in introductory courses, helping get students “hungry for more” in next courses, such as intermediate or advanced microeconomics.

However, it assumes a bit more mathematical background than Krugman and Wells’ book (presented above), so it can be used as the main reference for introductory courses if students have some basic algebra.

By Robert Pindyck, Daniel Rubinfeld,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Microeconomics as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

For Intermediate Microeconomics courses.

This package includes MyLab Economics.

Microeconomics and its role in decision making and public policy

Microeconomics exposes readers to topics that play a central role in microeconomics. From game theory and competitive strategy, to the roles of uncertainty and information, and the analysis of pricing by firms with market power, the text helps you understand what's going on in the world of business. It also shows you how microeconomics can be used as a practical tool for decision-making and for designing and understanding public policy. The 9th Edition further illustrates microeconomics' relevance and usefulness with new…


Book cover of The Economy: Economics for a Changing World

Ana Espinola-Arredondo Why did I love this book?

This eBook, developed by faculty members from top institutions, is available for free from the developers’ website, offers several online resources, it's frequently updated, translated to several languages, and has been widely adopted in several countries.

The book includes both the usual topics for courses on introduction to microeconomics and introduction to macroeconomics, using a similar writing style as other introductory textbooks (assumes no mathematical background), thus being accessible to a wide range of students.

Unlike similar books, however, it structures topics differently: instead of presenting chapters according to the main tool or concept being introduced, chapters are presented according to real-world problems.

While this can help motivate each chapter, it may require some adapting from the instructor’s teaching style.

By The CORE Team,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Economy as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The only introductory economics text to equip students to address today's pressing problems by mastering the conceptual and quantitative tools of contemporary economics.

OUP has partnered with the international collaborative project of CORE researchers and teachers to bring students a book and learning system that complements and enhances CORE's open-access online e-book.

The Economy:
- is a new approach that integrates recent developments in economics including contract theory, strategic interaction, behavioural economics and financial instability
- Engages with issues students of economics care about, exploring inequality, climate change, economic instability, wealth creation and innovation, among other issues.
- provides a…


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