Classroom Companion: Economics

Microeconomics for the Critical Mind

Mainstream and Heterodox Analyses

Authors: Petri, Fabio

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  • Offers a comprehensive overview of the status quo in microeconomic theory
  • Introduces both mainstream and alternative classical-inspired economic approaches
  • Discusses the reasons for the current discontent with neoclassical general equilibrium theory
  • Presents a unique re-evaluation of welfare economics
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About this Textbook

This textbook explains comprehensively and in rigorous detail not only mainstream microeconomics, but also why many economists are dissatisfied with major aspects of it, and the alternative that they are exploring in response: the Classical-Keynesian-Kaleckian approach. This advanced yet user-friendly book allows readers to grasp the standard theory of consumers, firms, imperfect competition, general equilibrium, uncertainty, games and asymmetric information. Furthermore, it examines the classical approaches to value and income distribution advocated by Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Karl Marx, as well as Post-Keynesian pricing theory, and the microeconomics of variable capacity utilization. Using simple models, it highlights the analytical roots of the important differences between the marginal/neoclassical approach and the classical-Keynesian, critically examining the plausibility and reciprocal consistency of their assumptions.

The book also addresses various microeconomic issues not generally included in advanced microeconomics textbooks, including differential land rent, joint-production long-period pricing, capital theory from Walras to the Cambridge debates, the foundations of aggregate production functions, the microeconomics of labor markets, and the long-period theory of wages. Lastly, it presents a unique re-evaluation of welfare economics.

Intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate microeconomics courses, this textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to the various approaches and different schools of thought currently competing in the context of economic theory. It can also be used in courses on value and distribution, heterodox economics, and the history of economic analysis. In the present situation, characterized by scientific uncertainty and the co-existence of competing approaches, it will stimulate students to form their own opinion as to which approach appears more promising from a scientific standpoint.


About the authors

Fabio Petri is Professor of Economics at the University of Siena, Italy. He has published works on capital theory, Sraffian economics, Marxian economics, topics on which he is a recognized specialist and on which he has been called to contribute in the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, the Elgar Companion to Classical Economics, the Handbook of the History of Economic Analysis. Recently retired, he continues to teach microeconomic theory to Master’s and PhD students.


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-62070-7
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Microeconomics for the Critical Mind
Book Subtitle
Mainstream and Heterodox Analyses
Authors
Series Title
Classroom Companion: Economics
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-62070-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-62070-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-62069-1
Series ISSN
2662-2882
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 1395
Number of Illustrations
239 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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