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Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis [Paperback]

Prof Knut Sydsaeter , Prof Peter Hammond
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17 April 2008 0273713248 978-0273713241 3

This text provides an invaluable introduction to the mathematical tools that undergraduate economists need. The coverage is comprehensive, ranging from elementary algebra to more advanced material, whilst focusing on all the core topics that are usually taught in undergraduate courses on mathematics for economists.

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 3 edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273713248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273713241
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis, third edition

The market leading European text, Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis, third Edition, continues to provide an invaluable introduction to the mathematical tools that undergraduate economists need

New to this edition:

·         New:  Economic concepts, definitions and topics covered in the book are listed on the inside front cover.

·         New: Short answers to almost all of the more than 1000 problems in the book for students to self check.

·         New Students Manual with extended worked answers to selected problems in the book.

  • New sections on elementary differential equations and difference equations included in this volume for the first time.

·         New and improved figures in colour for the first time.

  • New Instructor’s Manual now contains a large range of additional supplementary problems, simple to advanced, suitable for use in examinations.

Knut Sydsæter is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics in the Economics Department at the University of Oslo, where, since 1965, he has had extensive experience in teaching mathematics for economists. He has also given graduate courses in dynamic optimization at Berkeley and Gothenborg. He has written and co-authored a number of books, of which several have been translated into many languages. In recent years he has been engaged in an attempt to improve the teaching of mathematics for economists in several African universities.

PeterHammond is currently the Marie Curie Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, where he moved in 2007 after becoming an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University. During the 1970s he was a Lecturer, then Professor in Economics at the University of Essex. He completed a BA in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics at the University of Cambridge. He has been an editor of the Review of Economic Studies, of the Econometric Society Monograph Series, and has served on the editorial boards of Social Choice and Welfare and the Journal of Public Economic Theory. He has published more than 100 academic papers in journals and books, mostly on economic theory and mathematical economics.

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Further Mathematics for Economic Analysis published in a new 2ND EDITION

by Sydsæter, Hammond, Seierstad and Strøm (ISBN 9780273713289)

Further Mathematics for Economic Analysis is a companion volume to Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate economics students whose requirements go beyond the material found in this text.

Do you require just a couple of additional further topics? See the front of this text for information on our Custom Publishing Programme. 

 'The book is by far the best choice one can make for a course on mathematics for economists. It is exemplary in finding the right balance between mathematics and economic examples.'

Dr. Roelof J. Stroeker, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

‘I have long been a fan of these books, most books on Maths for Economists are either mathematically unsound or very boring – or both! Sydsaeter & Hammond certainly do not fall into either of these categories.’

Ann Round, University of Warwick

Visit to access the companion website for this text including:

Student Manual with extended answers broken down step by step to selected problems in the text.

  • Excel supplement
  • Multiple choice questions for each chapter to self check your learning and receive automatic feedback. 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect undergrad Maths for Econ textbook 4 Aug 2012
In my opinion, this is the best Maths for Economics textbook available to undergraduates. It starts from the very basics of real numbers, addition, etc. but quickly moves onto more complex topics such as constrained optimization and matrix algebra. It covers every mathematical topic you'll need in your BSc Economics programme. Also it includes lots of worked out examples, making it great to learn from, and there are plenty of exercises for you to do so you can see if you understand the material properly. Other popular books are either too simplistic for a rigorous course (Renshaw, Jacques, or Pemberton), or simply confusing (Chiang). This is definitely the one to get!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy if needed 17 Jan 2011
By H.Singh
It's not exactly very bad but due to the numerous alternatives on the market with a more well explained and detailed yet concise version of mathematical methods - makes this book not as good. However if needed then it does the job.
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It could be potentially suitable for people who have studied Mathematics before, but would like to look at what kind of Maths is more often used in the field of Economics. However, I found this book was not structured and explained in student friendly way - too difficult for people who have been just introduced to Mathematics used in Economics (e.g. undergraduates) and too basic for the ones who are studying in more advanced level.
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