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Introductory AP® Microeconomics (edX)

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An overview of introductory microeconomics. Learn the key principles of economics and how to apply them to the real world - and the AP® exam! 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!

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What you'll learn

- Consumer theory: How do consumers make decisions to maximize happiness?

- Producer theory: How do firms make decisions to maximize profit?

- Market structures: How does the structure of a market affect economic efficiency?

- Market failures: How do markets fail and what is the role of government to respond to these failures?

- Economic fairness: How do we strike the balance between economic efficiency and fairness?

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Welcome and Introduction (Units 1-2)


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)


Deadweight Loss of Redistribution


Government Solutions to Externalities

Week 12: Role of Government II (Units 40-42)

Public Goods


Information Asymmetry

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