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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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This course is part of the MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). To enroll in the MicroMasters track or to learn more about this program and how it integrates with MIT’s Master’s Program in DEDP, please visit the MicroMasters portal.

What is produced in an economy? How is it produced? Who gets the product? Microeconomics seeks to answer these fundamental questions about markets.

In this course, we’ll introduce you to microeconomic theory, together with some empirical results and policy implications. You’ll analyze mathematical models that describe the real-world behavior of consumers and firms, and you’ll see how prices make the world go ‘round.

You’ll join the ranks of business executives, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and global leaders who rely on the insights they derive from a working knowledge of microeconomics. Nobel memorial prize-winner Paul Samuelson invented the modern microeconomics curriculum at MIT. Now is your chance to learn the field from the intellectual tradition he began.

Topics include:

  • Consumer theory
  • Supply and demand
  • Market equilibrium
  • Producer theory
  • Monopoly
  • Oligopoly
  • Capital markets
  • Welfare economics
  • Public goods
  • Externalities

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14.100x - Microeconomics

Week One:
Introduction & Supply and Demand
Week Two: Consumer Choice
Week Three: Applying Consumer Theory
Week Four: Firms and Production; Costs
Week Five: Competitive Firms and Markets
Week Six: Applying the Competitive Model; Monopoly
Week Seven: Oligopoly and Monopolistic Competition
Week Eight: International Trade; Uncertainty
Week Nine: Capital Markets
Week Ten: Equity
Week Eleven: Behavioral Economics; Health Economics

Taught by

Jonathan Gruber


5.0 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Yngwi
    A very comprehensive introductory microeconomics course. The whole range of topics is described by lecturer in very understandable way with set of appropriate examples. Very much enjoyed 14.001x and the way Professor Gruber is teaching. Teaching assistant Nils, who was available for answer on discussion forums, was also very helpful.
    Familiarity with calculus is required, but it is possible to finish this course successfully without prior knowledge with extra research on this topic.
    Due to several remarks, made by Professor during lectures, I infer that video was recorded in MIT in the fall of 2015, so its content is pretty recent.
  • Anonymous
    Amazing course! For context, I'm currently to get through statistics and computer science stuff and I was planning to get some finance courses at some point, and figured that having some basics of economics wouldn't hurt. I was planning to take othe…
  • Anonymous
    I have a CS background with average analytical skills (GRE Quant 162). Jon Gruber's Microeconomics course on EdX is just really amazing. The course was so different in kind from the topics I studied in computer science. Every week was really exciti…

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