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Microeconomic Theory

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Many instructors of microeconomic theory have been waiting for a text that provides balanced and in-depth analysis of the essentials of microeconomics. Masterfully combining the results of years of teaching microeconomics at Harvard University, Andreu Mas-Colell, Michael Whinston, and Jerry Green have filled that conspicuous vacancy with their groundbreaking text, Microeco ...more
Hardcover, 1008 pages
Published June 15th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Jul 25, 2011 Joecolelife rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Going through a Ph.D. education in economics can be a risky investment. Unless you build on strong foundations the whole thing will fall apart as soon as you get out of graduate school, no matter how fancy your dissertation was. This book provides you with the fundamental tools you need to do research and teach when you become a full-time researcher and professor, in any branch of economics, either applied or theoretical. Even if you dont apply them at this rigorous level, you will always know i ...more
This is the standard reference textbook in advanced microeconomics (graduate level). It covers all you need in graduate school. Nowadays economics is pretty mathematical, so you must have a good background in calculus - the mathematical appendix will give you the tools you need, but it is going to be impenetrable if you don't have a solid quantitative training. So this book is not suited to self study (unless you are extremely dedicated).
Ideally you would tackle all of the exercises - so good to
Jake Losh
Mas-Colell is THE book for first-year graduate courses in Microeconomics. You'll find it on every economist's bookshelf, these days, but for the life of me I can't understand why. There's nothing new here that hasn't been done a thousand times and the book is so massive as to be useless as a portable reference.
Mariano Hdz
Helped me a lot. Loved it.
Daniel Villegas
This is the most complete and rigorous Microeconomics text book I ever had seen in my life. During University times we covered here a lot of complicated issues in Industrial Organization. Our teachers had the good intention making a first approach in spanish to cover advanced topics containing, again, rigorous mathematics and geometric works.

Mass-Collell has the virtue to be so clear in maths without loss of proof and this makes of this book one of the best treaties in microeconomics. Maybe Reny
My relationship with this book is very much in the love-hate category.

The bad:

The problems in the text are among the most difficult I've ever encountered. They're classified by difficulty A, B, & C, but even the A problems are often challenging and the C problems are practically impossible to understand--it's no surprise that the solutions manual to this text is one of the most sought-after items in the econ grad student community. I had one of these, and am ashamed to admit that, even with
Daniel Babiak
One day.
Extremely technical and based around logical proofs of theory. You must learn to speak and read math as a language. If your idea of fun is spending two or more hours on one or two proofs regarding the weak axiom of revealed preferences and the uncompensated law of demand, then I highly recommend this book to you.
Jun 10, 2008 Yuanji added it
Recommends it for: 1st year Phd Economy(Finance, Business..)
One year ago, when i bought it, i cannot believe that i could finish it.~~~Now i want to say,it is a Bible for the first year Phd student in Economy(finance,business...) Good, very good~~~
Jun 19, 2008 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 1st-years, prospective grad students
Easily the most readable of my econ textbooks and also the most comprehensive. Don't even consider it unless you want to study graduate economics, though.
This book is both informative and interesting. Never did I suspect that convexity was a defining characteristic of our preferences.
Read this while I was in Korea. Really great mathematical introduction to formal Microecon.
Didn't read all of it and have no intention of ever reading the rest of this book.
Bill Zhou
Struggling, but helpful.

Painful, but benefit.

Hate, but love more.
A canonical text on microeconomic theory.
Kurt Buyse
Still the best book on microeconomics !
bible of modern micro theory
Alexandra Zhuk
love this book
Love microeconomics
boring, heavy.
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Andreu Mas-Colell is Professor of Economics (Catedrático) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (currently on leave). Formerly he was Professor of Economics at Harvard University (1981-96), Professor of Economics and Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley (1972-80) and Chairman of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (2006-2010). He holds Ho
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