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Macro/micro economics Textbook for a mathematian

  1. Oct 13, 2011 #1
    Hello. I am a Junior in Highschool who is very interested in mathematics. Most ap macro/microeconomics teach the subject like social studies or english. But I am aware there are more mathematical treatements.

    I have done
    Thomas calculus and analytic geometry(4th edition. not the watered down later editions)
    Mary Boas Mathematical Methods of the Physical Sciences
    Strogatz Nonlinear Dynamics and chaos(-nonlinear differential equations focus on bifurcations etc)
    Applied Nonlinear Dynamics Nayfeh and Balachandran
    Courant and Hilbert methods in mathematical physics

    I want a mathematical treatement on macro/microeconomics(it should be very mathematical)
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  3. Oct 21, 2011 #2
    I would recommend that you start with microeconomics and then move on to macro stuff.

    Starting with the most basic and increasing in sophistication:

    Principles of Microeconomics by Greg Mankiw (any edition will do; no need to buy the newest editions) - Standard first year ‘principles’ textbook in micro;

    Microeconomic Theory by Walter Nicholson - Typically used in intermediate micro.

    Other books I would recommend:

    http://www.introecon.com/" [Broken] by R. Preston McAfee - Haven’t used before but heard it’s the most rigorous ‘principles’ tb around. Has micro+macro and it’s kindly provided by the author free online.

    http://www.deirdremccloskey.com/docs/price.pdf" [Broken] by Deirdre/Donald McCloskey - Out of print but again kindly provided by author for free online. At intermediate level.

    A note on mathematics. Calculus is prerequisite for the intermediate books and recommended for the ‘principles’ level books. Real analysis isn’t needed for the books listed above but I would highly recommend having exposure to real analysis at Apostol/Spivak's Calculus level (to begin with and eventually moving on to Rudin’s Principles of Mathematical Analysis) because the mathematical maturity developed at that level will help in a lot areas of mathematics and any discipline that uses mathematics. Nonlinear dynamics isn’t really used in economics except at advanced levels and in esoteric fields i.e. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complexity_economics" [Broken].

    If you find once you start that you want to continue your education in economics I recommend learning a bit of game theory.
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