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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the key concepts
Hal Varian's Intermediate Microeconomics was the recommended text book for my recent 2nd year micro economics module at university.

The material is presented in a very clear and straightforward manner, using minimal mathematical notation. If you want to use a book to help you understand the actual concepts of intermediate microeconomics this is the book for...
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3.0 out of 5 stars There are better options out there
Most universities recommend this for 1st year undergraduates, probably rightly. Varian is quite clear with intuitive explanations of the basic concepts. However in terms of the maths he becomes incredibly confusing, as he insists on relegating all calculus (which is vital to even 1st year micro) to appendices and using deltas (aka triangles) in the main text. This has...
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3.0 out of 5 stars There are better options out there, 27 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach (Paperback)
Most universities recommend this for 1st year undergraduates, probably rightly. Varian is quite clear with intuitive explanations of the basic concepts. However in terms of the maths he becomes incredibly confusing, as he insists on relegating all calculus (which is vital to even 1st year micro) to appendices and using deltas (aka triangles) in the main text. This has three consequences. Firstly it makes his reasoning less rigorous. Secondly he doesn't really explain how the calculus relates to the intuitive concepts or present the mathematical steps in too much detail, so it is often difficult to follow. Thirdly you have to spend a lot of time piecing together proofs from triangles and actual partial derivatives if you want to make use of a proof for an essay or exercise. Some of my friends used the Perloff text (I think it's called microeconomic theory and applications of calculus or something like that) instead, and claimed it was better. I used Varian in first year and got a first in micro, but had to rely on my maths for economists textbook a lot. Definitely too basic for finalists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the key concepts, 21 July 2008
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This review is from: Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach (Paperback)
Hal Varian's Intermediate Microeconomics was the recommended text book for my recent 2nd year micro economics module at university.

The material is presented in a very clear and straightforward manner, using minimal mathematical notation. If you want to use a book to help you understand the actual concepts of intermediate microeconomics this is the book for you. The explanation of concepts is concise and the book covers the vast majority of topics covered in a 2nd year micro course.

One word of warning; for most intermediate courses in economics in the UK this book falls short of the level of analytics likely to be required. It is however still a very useful complement to either a more technical text or lecture notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intro Inter For Moi, 6 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach (Paperback)
This is a great introductory intermediate text if that makes sense. It's more involved and mathematical than the micro section in a typical introductory economics textbook (nothing a good grasp of calculus won't cope with) but less challenging mathematically than an advanced intermediate student would expect. If you've outgrown the former but not yet the latter then this is perfick! Nothing more likely to discourage studying than struggling with both concepts and calculations at the same time. With Varian, you'll get the theory right which should set you (me) up for the hard work to come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great complementary material, 12 Mar. 2009
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This book is used as a complement to the study guide provided by London School of Economics. The guide is very mathematical and very heavy, so having a lighter approach is much helpful.
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