This handbook is a useful tool for undergraduate courses in microeconomics. The topics have been organised into modules in order to facilitate teaching. Each chapter provides case studies and synthetic overviews drawn from European economic reality; brief appendices adopt a more formal, sophisticated approach to selected issues.
Contents: Preface - Part One: Market, Strategy, and Equilibrium - 1. Microeconomics and Institutions - 2. Market and Equilibrium - 3. Exchange, Strategy and Game Theory - Part Two: Consumers and Purchase Decision-makers - 4. Preferences and Purchase Decisions - 5. Demand, Prices, and Well-being - 6. Consumption and Savings Decisions - 7. Savings Decisions and Uncertainty - Part Three: Business Firms - 8. Business Firms: Organization, Resources, and Goals - 9. Production: Technology and Costs - 10. Firms and Markets - Part Four: Market Processes and Efficiency - 11. Market Equilibrium and Efficiency - 12. Information Asymmetries - 13. Externalities and Public Goods - Part Five: Strategy and Markets - 14. Monopolies and Barriers to Entry - 15. Product Differentiation and Monopolistic Competition - 16. Oligopolistic Markets: Price and Quantity Strategies - 17. Oligopolistic Markets: Non-price Strategies - 18. Relationships among Firms: Contracts and Markets - 19. Firms, Information, and Markets - Part Six: Microeconomics and Society - 20. Competition, Regulation, and Social Well-being - 21. The Labour Market - 22. Social Microeconomics - Bibliography - Index of Tables and Figures.
Giulio Ecchia teaches Political Economy at the University of Bologna and the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center.
Giancarlo Gozzi teaches Political Economy at the University of Bologna.