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Thinkwell's Honors Microeconomics

Thinkwell's Honors Microeconomics is a college-level course taught by Professor Steven Tomlinson, one of America's most talented professors.  It's a fantastic way to learn about the complicated exchanges of goods and services that we deal with every day. Thinkwell's Honors Microeconomics follows a syllabus typically taught in a one-semester college-level course.

Combined with Honors Macroeconomics, Honors Microeconomics completes a one-year curriculum. Our Honors Economics course is simply a combination of both Honors Microeconomics and Honors Macroeconomics.  No textbook required!

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  • 12-month, online subscription to our complete Honors Microeconomics course
  • 31-week, day-by-day course lesson plan
  • 130+ course lessons with streaming videos
  • Illustrated notes
  • Automatically graded drill-and-practice exercises with step-by-step answer feedback
  • Chapter & Practice tests, a Midterm & Final Exam....and more!

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Thinkwell's Honors Microeconomics Author, Steven Tomlinson

Learn from award-winning economist and Ph.D. Steven Tomlinson

It's like having a world-class college professor right by your side.

  • Founding Master Teacher at the Acton School of Business for Entrepreneurship
  • Recipient of the Texas Excellence Teaching Award from the University of Texas Alumni Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministry at the Seminary of the Southwest
Thinkwell's Honors Microeconomics Table of Contents
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1. Introduction to Economic Thinking

1.1 Basic Economics Ideas
1.1.1 Defining Economics
1.1.2 Understanding the Concept of Value
1.2 Using Graphs
1.2.1 Using Graphs to Understand Direct Relationships
1.2.2 Plotting a Linear Relationship between Two Variables
1.2.3 Changing the Intercept of a Linear Function
1.2.4 Understanding the Slope of a Linear Function
1.3 Advanced Graphical Concepts
1.3.1 Understanding Tangent Lines
1.3.2 Working with Three Variables on a Graph
1.4 Production Possibilities
1.4.1 Understanding the Concept of Production Possibilities Frontiers
1.4.2 Understanding How a Change in Technology or Resources Affects the PPF
1.4.3 Deriving an Algebraic Equation for the Production Possibilities Frontier
1.5 Comparative Advantage
1.5.1 Defining Comparative Advantage with the Production Possibilities Frontier
1.5.2 Understanding Why Specialization Increases Total Output
1.5.3 Analyzing International Trade Using Comparative Advantage
1.5.4 Outsourcing

2. Understanding Markets

2.1 Demand
2.1.1 Understanding the Determinants of Demand
2.1.2 Understanding the Basics of a Demand Curve
2.1.3 Analyzing Shifts in the Demand Curve
2.1.4 Changing Other Demand Variables
2.1.5 Deriving a Market Demand Curve
2.2 Supply
2.2.1 Understanding the Determinants of Supply
2.2.2 Deriving a Supply Curve
2.2.3 Understanding a Change in Supply versus a Change in Quantity Supplied
2.2.4 Analyzing Changes in Other Supply Variables
2.2.5 Deriving a Market Supply Curve from Individual Supply Curves
2.3 Equilibrium
2.3.1 Determining a Competitive Equilibrium
2.3.2 Defining Comparative Statics
2.3.3 Classifying Comparative Statics
2.4 Elasticity
2.4.1 Defining Elasticity
2.4.2 Calculating Elasticity
2.4.3 Applying the Concept of Elasticity
2.4.4 Identifying the Determinants of Elasticity
2.4.5 Understanding the Relationship between Total Revenue and Elasticity
2.5 Interfering with Markets
2.5.1 Understanding How Price Controls Damage Markets
2.5.2 Understanding the Problem of Minimum Wages in Labor Markets
2.5.3 Understanding How an Excise Tax Affects Equilibrium
2.6 Agriculture Economics
2.6.1 Examining Problems in Agricultural Economics

3. Consumer Choice and Household Behavior

3.1 Utility Theory
3.1.1 Understanding Utility Theory
3.1.2 Finding Consumer Equilibrium
3.2 Budget Constraints and Indifference Curves
3.2.1 Constructing a Consumer's Budget Constraint
3.2.2 Understanding a Change in the Budget Constraint
3.2.3 Understanding Indifference Curves
3.3 Consumer Optimization
3.3.1 Locating the Consumer's Optimal Combination of Goods
3.3.2 Understanding the Effects of a Price Change on Consumer Choice
3.3.3 Deriving the Demand Curve

4. Production and Costs

4.1 The Basics of Production
4.1.1 Understanding Output, Inputs, and the Short Run
4.1.2 Explaining the Total Product Curve
4.1.3 Drawing Marginal Product Curves
4.1.4 Understanding Average Product
4.1.5 Relating Costs to Productivity
4.2 Variable Costs
4.2.1 Defining Variable Costs
4.2.2 Graphing Variable Costs
4.2.3 Graphing Variable Costs Using a Geometric Trick
4.3 Marginal Costs
4.3.1 Defining Marginal Costs
4.3.2 Deriving the Marginal Cost Curve
4.3.3 Understanding the Mathematical Relationship between Marginal Cost and Marginal Product
4.4 Average Costs
4.4.1 Defining Average Variable Costs
4.4.2 Understanding the Relationship between Average Variable Cost and Average Product of Labor
4.4.3 Understanding the Relationship between Marginal Cost and Average Variable Cost
4.5 Total Costs
4.5.1 Defining and Graphing Average Fixed Cost and Average Total Cost
4.5.2 Calculating Average Total Cost
4.5.3 Putting the Cost Curves Together
4.6 Long-Run Production and Costs
4.6.1 Defining the Long Run
4.6.2 Determining a Firm's Returns to Scale
4.6.3 Understanding Short-Run and Long-Run Average Cost Curves
4.6.4 Shifts in Cost Curves
4.7 Isocost/Isoquant Analysis
4.7.1 Constructing Isocost Lines
4.7.2 Understanding Isoquants
4.7.3 Finding the Cost-Minimizing Combination of Capital and Labor

5. Perfect Competition

5.1 The Basic Assumptions of Competitive Markets
5.1.1 Calculating Total Revenue
5.1.2 Understanding the Role of Price
5.1.3 Understanding Market Structures
5.1.4 Finding Economic and Accounting Profit
5.2 Calculating Profit and Loss
5.2.1 Finding the Firm's Profit-Maximizing Output Level
5.2.2 Proving the Profit-Maximizing Rule
5.2.3 Calculating Profit
5.2.4 Calculating Loss
5.2.5 Finding the Firm's Shut-Down Point
5.3 Market Supply
5.3.1 Deriving the Short-Run Market Supply Curve
5.3.2 Relating the Individual Firm to the Market
5.3.3 Examining Shifts in the Short-Run Market Supply Curve
5.3.4 Deriving the Long-Run Market Supply Curve
5.4 Competitive Firms' Responses to Price Changes
5.4.1 Examining the Firm's Long-Run and Short-Run Adjustments to a Price Increase

6. Other Market Models

6.1 Monopolies
6.1.1 Defining Monopoly Power
6.1.2 Defining Marginal Revenue for a Firm with Market Power
6.1.3 Determining the Monopolist's Profit-Maximizing Output and Price
6.1.4 Calculating a Monopolist's Profit and Loss
6.1.5 Graphing the Relationship between Marginal Revenue and Elasticity
6.2 The Social Cost of Monopoly
6.2.1 Determining the Social Cost of Monopoly
6.2.2 Calculating Deadweight Loss
6.2.3 Understanding Monopoly Regulation
6.3 Oligopoly
6.3.1 Introducing Oligopoly and the Prisoner's Dilemma
6.3.2 Understanding a Cartel As a Prisoner's Dilemma
6.3.3 Understanding the Kinked-Demand Curve Model
6.4 Monopolistic Competition
6.4.1 Defining Monopolistic Competition
6.4.2 Understanding Pricing and Output under Monopolistic Competition
6.4.3 Understanding Monopolistic Competition As a Prisoner's Dilemma

7. Resource Markets

7.1 The Derived Demand for Labor
7.1.1 Deriving the Factor Demand Curve
7.1.2 Deriving the Least-Cost Rule
7.1.3 Analyzing the Labor Market
7.2 Monopsony
7.2.1 Understanding Labor Market Power and Marginal Factor Cost
7.3 Capital Markets
7.3.1 Analyzing Capital Markets

8. Market Failures

8.1 Overview of Market Failures
8.1.1 Understanding Market Failures
8.2 Public Goods and Public Choice
8.2.1 Defining Public Goods
8.2.2 Analyzing the Tax System
8.2.3 Understanding Public Choice
8.3 Uncertainty
8.3.1 Understanding Expected Value, Risk, and Uncertainty
8.3.2 Understanding Asymmetric Information as an Economic Problem
8.3.3 Understanding Moral Hazards in Markets
8.4 Externalities
8.4.1 Defining Externalities
8.4.2 Explaining How to Internalize External Costs
8.4.3 Explaining How to Internalize External Benefits
8.5 Solutions to Externalities
8.5.1 Finding a Market Solution to External Costs
8.5.2 Finding a Negotiated Settlement to an External Cost
8.5.3 Applying the Coase Theorem

9. International Trade

9.1 The Basics of Open Economies
9.1.1 Determining the Difference between a Closed Economy and an Open Economy
9.1.2 Understanding Exports in an Open Economy
9.1.3 Analyzing a Change in Equilibrium in an Open Economy

10. Evaluating Market Outcomes

10.1 Normative Economics
10.1.1 Measuring the Benefits of Consumption
10.1.2 Using the Demand Curve As a Measure of Benefit
10.2 Calculating Total Economic Value
10.2.1 Quantifying Social Benefit
10.2.2 Quantifying Social Cost
10.2.3 Determining Total Social Cost
10.2.4 Understanding Economic Value
10.3 Consumer and Producer Surplus
10.3.1 Understanding Producer and Consumer Surpluses
10.3.2 Calculating Total Economic Value
10.4 Market Interference and Economic Value
10.4.1 Understanding the Effects of Price Controls
10.4.2 Understanding How Price Controls Destroy Economic Value
10.4.3 Evaluating the Effects of an Excise Tax
10.4.4 Assessing the Effect of an Excise Tax on Economic Value
10.4.5 Understanding How a Tax Can Create Deadweight Loss
10.5 International Trade and Economic Value
10.5.1 Evaluating the Gains from International Trade
10.5.2 Understanding the Effects of Tariffs on Consumer and Producer Surpluses
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