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Last published: 2013

Microeconomics (from Greek prefix mikro- meaning "small" and economics) is a branch of economics that studies the behavior of individual households and firms in making decisions on the allocation of limited resources (see scarcity). Typically, it applies to markets where goods or services are bought and sold. Microeconomics examines how these decisions and behaviors affect the supply and demand for goods and services, which determines prices, and how prices, in turn, determine the quantity supplied and quantity demanded of goods and services.

This is in contrast to macroeconomics, which involves the "sum total of economic activity, dealing with the issues of growth, inflation, and unemployment." Microeconomics also deals with the effects of national economic policies (such as changing taxation levels) on the aforementioned aspects of the economy. Particularly in the wake of the Lucas critique, much of modern macroeconomic theory has been built upon 'microfoundations'—i.e. based upon basic assumptions about micro-level behavior.

One of the goals of microeconomics is to analyze market mechanisms that establish relative prices amongst goods and services and allocation of limited resources amongst many alternative uses. Microeconomics analyzes market failure, where markets fail to produce efficient results, and describes the theoretical conditions needed for perfect competition. Significant fields of study in microeconomics include general equilibrium, markets under asymmetric information, choice under uncertainty and economic applications of game theory. Also considered is the elasticity of products within the market system.
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eBook Contents

Microeconomics - Major Topics (Aggregation - Budget - Consumer - Convexity and non-convexity - Cost - Cost–benefit analysis - Distribution - Deadweight loss - Income–consumption curve - Duopoly - Equilibria - Economies of scale - Economies of scope - Elasticity - Exchange - Expected utility - Externality - Firms - General equilibria - Household - Information - Indifference curve - Intertemporal choice - Marginal cost - Market failure - Market structure - Monopoly - Monopsony - Oligopoly - Preferences - Production - Profit - Public goods - Returns to scale - Risk - Scarcity - Shortage - Social choice - Sunk costs - Supply & demand - Surplus - Uncertainty - Utility - Welfare)

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