Mathematical Economics: A Reader
AbstractThis paper is modeled as a hypothetical first lecture in a graduate Microeconomics or Mathematical Economics Course. We start with a detailed scrutiny of the notion of a utility function to motivate and describe the common patterns across Mathematical concepts and results that are used by economists. In the process we arrive at a classification of mathematical terms which is used to state mathematical results in economics. The usefulness of the classification scheme is illustrated with the help of a discussion of fixed-point theorems and Arrow's impossibility theorem. Several appendices provide a step-wise description of some mathematical concepts often used by economists and a few useful results in microeconomics.
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Length: 57 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
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- NEP-ALL-2011-07-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-HPE-2011-07-13 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-UPT-2011-07-13 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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