The 10 Best Microeconomics Textbooks

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This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Microeconomics is a science that analyzes individual consumer choices and their impacts on the economy. Whether you’re studying for a career that requires a solid grounding in the field, would like to start a business or simply want to know more about the particulars of supply and demand, then one of these textbooks will provide you with all the information you’ll need to become well informed. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Microeconomics, 5th Edition

2. Lecture Notes In Microeconomic Theory

3. Microeconomics for Public Decisions

Editor's Notes

April 02, 2020:

We wanted this list to run the gamut from introductory tomes perfect for beginners and undergrads to more advanced selections for the master's student. That's why you'll find fundamental volumes like Microeconomics, 21st Edition, Principles of Microeconomics, and Microeconomics, 5th Edition alongside the likes of Microeconomic Theory, Microeconomic Foundations I, and Microeconomics: Theory and Applications with Calculus.

And while A Very Short Introduction is still a great resource for curious high school seniors and the layperson who wants to know more about what drives the economy, it's not at all comprehensive. With that in mind, we felt something very practical like Microeconomics for Public Decisions would be a great replacement. This text is geared toward advanced students who are planning on entering the public sector and is written with these careers in mind. Having knowledge of microeconomics and how the discipline's theories translate in the real world is essential for many job fields. It's written without mathematical rigor to make it more accessible to students of all skill sets.

Just like with our list of macroeconomic textbooks, we prioritized authoritative texts that use clear examples, relevant data and case studies, use interesting storytelling where appropriate, and boast a multitude of pedagogical tools to enhance the learning process. We also ensured that every book on this list is up to its most current edition.

Special Honors Whether you're looking to learn on your own or you're a high school student interested in the basics to help you decide on your major, a microeconomics course from edX can serve as a helpful supplement to your textbook. There are a handful of classes to choose from and many are self-paced.

4. Microeconomics, 7th Edition

5. Microeconomic Theory

6. Microeconomics, 9th Edition

7. Microeconomic Foundations I

8. Principles of Microeconomics

9. Microeconomics: Theory and Applications with Calculus

10. Microeconomics, 21st Edition

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