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edX: Introductory AP® Microeconomics

 with  Jonathan Gruber
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Want to learn how individuals and businesses make the decisions that drive our economy - and use those skills to ace the Microeconomics AP® exam? This is the course for you!

This economics course is an introduction to basic microeconomic principles. You will learn how individuals make decisions ranging from what type of goods to buy to how many hours to work, and how firms make decisions ranging from how many workers to hire to what prices to charge. You will study how to evaluate economic outcomes from the perspective of efficiency and fairness, and discuss the proper role of the government in determining these outcomes.

This course will cover all material that is required for the Microeconomics AP® exam. It will cover this material through a mix of intuitive explanations, real-world applications, and graphical and mathematical supplements that explore the content in more depth. By the end of the course, not only will you have an understanding of the most important principles of microeconomics, but you’ll be able to use these principles to better understand the workings of the real world around you!

*Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.

Syllabus

Week 1: Welcome and Introduction (Units 1-2)
  • Introduction
  • Supply and Demand
 
Week 2: Consumer Theory I (Units 3-6)
  • Consumer Preferences
  • Utility Functions
  • Budget Constraints
  • Utility Maximization
 
Week 3: Consumer Theory II (Units 7-8)
  • Deriving Demand
  • Income and Substitution Effects
 
Week 4: Producer Theory I (Units 9-12)
  • Intro to Production
  • Short-Run Production
  • Short-Run Costs
  • Long-Run Production
 
Week 5: Producer Theory II (Units 13-16)
  • Perfect Competition
  • Profit Maximization
  • Short-Run Supply Curve
  • Long-Run Supply Curve
 
Week 6: Competitive Equilibrium and Welfare (Units 17-21)
  • Shifts in Supply and Demand
  • Individual Surplus
  • Market Surplus
  • Competition and Maximizing Welfare
  • Taxes in Competitive Markets
 
Week 7: Other Market Structures I (Units 22-24)
  • Intro to Monopolies
  • Welfare Effects of Monopoly
  • Origins of Monopoly
 
Week 8: Other Market Structures II (Units 25-27)
  • Intro to Oligopolies
  • Game Theory
  • Oligopolistic Competition
 
Week 9: Factor Markets (Units 28-32)
  • Modeling Preferences for Work
  • Labor Supply
  • Labor Demand
  • Labor Market Equilibrium
  • Capital Markets
 
Week 10: International Trade (Units 33-35)
  • Intro to Trade
  • Productions Possibilities Frontier and Comparative Advantage
  • International Trade and Welfare
 
Week 11: Role of Government I (Units 36-39)
  • Redistribution
  • Deadweight Loss of Redistribution
  • Externalities
  • Government Solutions to Externalities
 
Week 12: Role of Government II (Units 40-42)
  • Public Goods
  • Uncertainty
  • Information Asymmetry
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Economics
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $49 Certificate Available
Hours 3-4 hours a week
Calendar 12 weeks long

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Reviews for edX's Introductory AP® Microeconomics
4.8 Based on 31 reviews

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2.0 a month ago
Anonymous dropped this course.
This course was well organised and well taught. What it lacked, and what caused me to drop it after a few weeks, was its total lack of any critical view of its subject. There was no irony and no critical thought as we plunged on through the sea of life valued solely in terms of money. Capitalism has many achievements but it is ruining the eco structure of life on Earth and producing untold misery to those outside its glittering towers. This should be made more clear.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It is probably the best course I have done online. The examples are easy to understand and the content of the course is necessary for any job you are doing now or in the future. If you are interested in economics, I highly recommend you to do this course. You also can search for the professor Jonathan Gruber of MIT, who is the teacher of this course, then you will realize the quality this course offers you.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
While I have not completed the course I certainly intend to do so. Its a great course. The lecturer is interesting and even online, engaging. The materials are very well designed and the tests just right. I thoroughly recommend the course to anyone wanting to master the basics of microeconomics.
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5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is simply amazing, the professor is very enthusiastic and the examples are very simple but precise. It totally worth to take the course because it make me understand some basic truths about the world with the tool of opportunity cost and the economical analysis.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fascinating, fun, accessible course about the basics of microeconomics. It helped me think about my own life -- should I buy a new pair of jeans? Does it make more sense to work or get a degree? Great instructor!
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
I have been on this course and I'm not really a big fan of online learning but I really must say that the content in this course is absolutely stunning - it gains your attention almost instantly and keeps you interested the whole way throughout. The material is very interactive and uses examples that are very relatable and the information provided is very easy to contextualise and make assimilations with the day to day activities that we all do.

Overall: thoroughly impressed
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I'm grateful to EdX and MITx for providing this course. It was extremely thought-provoking and really helped me a lot to learn the basics of microeconomics. In my country, schools don't provide AP's, so this was a totally new and amazing experience. The professor makes the lessons intriguing by giving examples which are applicable in our daily lives. It was the best course I've ever come across, so to speak.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I have taken this course recently. This is best course to understand basics of microeconomics. I would say this is a must have course to understand how industries decision making works , demand-supply decisions, and how government decisions effect welfare of the society.

Thanks very much to create such a wonderful course!!!
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5.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very fun, interesting course! It's about how people decide what to buy, and how companies decide how many workers to hire, and stuff like that. The lectures are clear and go over the material for AP microeconomics. There are also fun supplemental videos that talk about how the concepts in the course work in the real world.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
I took this class over winter break and plan on taking the CLEP to get college credit. It was really easy to follow along and very manageable. The examples in the lecture videos were interesting and relevant! It was my first time taking a full course online, and it was a great experience.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The course was really well taught and it helped me to better understand the other Microeconomics course on edX taught by the same professor. The teaching was well broken down and related to real life happenings and it really made sense to a newbie in Microeconomics like me.
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2.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The course is far more time consuming and less interesting than I expected – with long winded and ineffective explanations.

It swerved between the simplistic and the unnecessarily complex and many 'obvious' possible explanations were ignored altogether.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Excellent course that is clearly explained and paced very well. The concepts are revisited repeatedly throughout the course to continue to refresh and expand upon understanding. Nice use of graphics and visuals throughout to keep learners engaged.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Awesome course. Everything is precise and to the point and the analogies that are used explain the point well. The best part about this course are the super short (approx 5 min) videos instead of the long and boring videos seen in some other courses.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
Excellent course. A little challenging but very accessable to me as a newbee to economics. Good clear lectures with good tied-in examples from real life. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants an overview of Microeconomics.
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is the best course I have taken online as of yet,the subject , the educator and the teaching pattern was super fabulous and most importantly very effective for me.Thank you MITx and Edx for the course

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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Course made me curious and therefore enrolled for it. Now I am glad that I did. It's very lucid, accessible while remaining fully objective. Kind of course that makes economics interesting to curious minds
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5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course. It's fun, accessible, pretty painless. The topics are all really relevant to everyday life -- why we buy stuff, why companies sell stuff, and so on. The real world examples are great.
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4.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This is a great introductory course for all of you interested in learning the basics. It is very well structured and the content is very good and accurate. I totally recommend it!
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5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very interesting course. It was fun to see how math can be used to describe purchasing happiness and utility. The professor gave excellent and easy to follow examples.
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