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'Most books on the theory of general equilibrium have adopted the terribly arid axiomatic style illustrated in pure mathematics by Nicolas Bourbaki's treatise. That style makes no compromise with rigor. But it often defies intuition. Ross Starr's book is the best attempt so far at combining economic intuition with rigor in dealing with those staples of general equilibrium theory that are the existence and the two welfare theorems. Part A … deals with special cases of the general equilibrium model up to the two-good, two-factor, two-agent model, something that is never done in more 'advanced' presentations. Part B is a remarkably lucid introduction to the mathematics of point-set topology needed in any serious study of the general equilibrium model. Both parts will be welcomed by undergraduate students.' Yves Balasko, University of York

'This book contains an excellent exposition of classic general equilibrium theory. While it eases the reader into the subject slowly, it does so without compromising the analytical rigor that is necessary to understand the elegant foundations of the economic model of competitive markets.' Alberto Bisin, New York University

'Ross Starr has made a fine service to the profession when preparing this new edition of his nice introductory textbook on general equilibrium theory. This volume is slim, yet fully self-contained and rigorous; it should be … useful to advanced undergraduates and graduate students, as well as to researchers in economic theory and mathematical economics.' Jean-Michel Grandmont, Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Italy, and Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistiques, France

'A comprehensive treatment of classical general equilibrium theory from its most elementary to its most abstract formulation. Self-contained mathematical chapters and exercises at the end of each chapter make this an ideal textbook for advanced-level courses.' Paolo Siconolfi, Columbia University

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General Equilibrium Theory: An Introduction presents the mathematical economic theory of price determination and resource allocation from elementary to advanced levels, suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of economics. This Arrow–Debreu model is the basis of modern price theory and of a wide range of applications.

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