Microeconomics: A Critical Companion

Editor/Author Fine, Ben and Dimakou, Ourania
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 978-0-74-533602-2
Category: Business, Finance & Economics - Economics
Image Count: 28
Book Status: Pending
Predicted Release Month: June 2017
Table of Contents

A clear and concise exposition of mainstream microeconomics from a heterodox perspective.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Boxes
  • List of Diagrams
  • Preface, Preliminaries and Acknowledgements
  • 1 Locating Microeconomics
  • 1.1 Overview
  • 1.2 Microeconomics as History of Economic Thought
  • 1.3 From Marginalist Revolution …
  • 1.4 … Through Methodology …
  • 1.5 … To Implosion onto TA2
  • 1.6 From Implosion onto TA2 to Explosion into Economics Imperialism
  • 1.7 From Old to New Economics Imperialism
  • 1.8 Further Thoughts and Readings
  • 1.9 Appendix: Can the Mainstream be Defended?
  • 2 Elusive Consumers and the Theory of Demand
  • 2.1 Overview
  • 2.2 The Reduced Consumer
  • 2.3 How Consumer Theory Got its Spots
  • 2.4 Consumer Theory Hoist by its Own Petard
  • 2.5 Consumer Theory as Economics Imperialism
  • 2.6 From Consumer Theory to Systems of Provision
  • 2.7 Broader Implications
  • 2.8 Further Thoughts and Readings
  • 3 From Production to Supply and Beyond to General Equilibrium?
  • 3.1 Overview
  • 3.2 Production and Cost Functions Rule, OK?
  • 3.3 General Equilibrium: A Fantasy Glass, Half Empty or Half Full?
  • 3.4 Further Thoughts and Readings
  • 4 Competition Is as Competition Does?
  • 4.1 Overview
  • 4.2 Perfect Entry and Exit, and Monopoly
  • 4.3 From Monopoly to Oligopoly
  • 4.4 A Little Game Theory
  • 4.5 A Simple Model of Entry Deterrence
  • 4.6 Collusion
  • 4.7 Discriminating Models
  • 4.8 Path Dependence
  • 4.9 The Coase ‘Theorem’
  • 4.10 Towards Alternatives
  • 4.11 Further Thoughts and Readings
  • 5 Production Function Rules, Not OK
  • 5.1 Overview
  • 5.2 The Aggravating Aggregate Production Function
  • 5.3 Total Factor Productivity
  • 5.4 Measuring Something Called TFP in Practice
  • 5.5 From Mismeasurement to Misinterpretation
  • 5.6 Further Thoughts and Readings
  • 6 Labour Markets
  • 6.1 Overview
  • 6.2 From Labour as Fish …
  • 6.3 … To Human Capital Theory
  • 6.4 Imperfect Labour Markets
  • 6.5 Risk and Uncertainty
  • 6.6 Debating Minimum Wages
  • 6.7 Towards Alternatives: Segmented Labour Markets
  • 6.8 Further Thoughts and Readings
  • 7 Whither Microeconomics: Upside-Down or Inside-Out?
  • 7.1 Overview
  • 7.2 From Microeconomics to Industrial Policy
  • 7.3 Further Thoughts and Readings
  • References