11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2004
This is an excellent book for 1st year undergraduates of Economics. However, 2nd and 3rd year degree students should really be reading Varians "Microeconomic Analysis" or Gravelles and Rees' "Microeconomics"(although the mathematic notation is a little archaic). My University recommended this book only for first years - it was considered too simplistic for Finals.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2012
I agree with other comments that this is a good book and its organized into short bite sized chapters makes it very readable and digestible. It is certainly a year 1 book for those that have some knowledge of economics - A level and is good in that it starts to set out the theory rigorously and uses maths to describe it. However the maths is limited to non calculus (except in the appendices) and for those who can use simple calculus thus use of the 'delta' for small change in becomes irritating - that said, it is a good non maths entry level book and I recommend it. It will still be useful for Year 2 economic (maybe more so for non-specialists)or those that do not like the 'maths' (probably micro economics is not for you!)
Moving on to year 2 I still like Gravelle & Reese - the other Varian micro book is probably at the more difficult end of the spectrum and better for Year 3 and above, but other disagree. It is in the end horses for course
recommended buy though and lots around second hand!
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2010
The book is all rights. It is written in a quite clear and accessible way, and English is not my first language.
It is a shame that it does not develop the mathematical side of microeconomics a bit more, and especially that it does not include any numerical example. All the maths included are abstract with no numbers, only a, b, c, alpha, beta and gamma. People like me need to see all that in use and numerical examples are important to make me understand how it works and how it is used. Other books have those examples and they are as clear and accessible as this one, like jeffrey Perloff or Walter Nicholson. Alternatively get a book on mathematical economics or microeconomics to complement.