Econ 3010


This is the course website for Vanderbilt Economics 3010. This course focuses on the formal analysis of the behavior of individuals and firms and how these behaviors aggregate in a market. We will analyze market performance and determine how performance is influenced by various changes. This page will be continuously updated throughout the semester. Please check it on a regular basis. Consider subscribing to changes using a service such as Visual Ping or Wachete.

Mathematical Level

Some concepts and formulas from differential calculus will be used, but most of the presentations, homework and exams will involve diagrams, algebra and analytical reasoning. A review of the relevant mathematical concepts will occur on the first day of class.


Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus: A Modern Approach by Hal R. Varian.
Workouts in Intermediate Microeconomics (Ninth Edition), by Theodore C. Bergstrom and Hal R. Varian.

Problem Sets

Problem sets will consist of selections from problems in the Workouts” book, as well as problems written by the instructor. The problem sets will be posted on this page in the schedule below. I encourage working on the homework in groups. The homework will be graded by the teaching assistant, and reviewed by the instructor.

Exams and Grading

There will be two midterms and a final exam. They are tentatively placed in the schedule below. Grading will be based 40% on midterm exams, 40% on the final exam, and 20% on homework.

Office Hours / Teaching Assistant

My office hours: Tuesday 1:00-2:00pm or by appointment in Calhoun 404. Matthew Chambers (TA) office hours: TBA.


Week 1: Overview of Syllabus & Chapter 2.1-2.7: Budget Constraint.
Please Read: Review of Functions.
Problem Set(Due 1/14).

Week 2: Chapter 3.1-3.8: Preferences
Problem Set 1(Due 1/30)

Week 3: Chapter 4.1-4.5: Utility

Week 4: Chapter 5.1-3&5.5 (Skip Lagrange Method).

Week 5: Chapter 6.1-6.8: Demand. Chapter 8.1-8.7: Slutsky Equation

Problem Set 2: (Due Feb 20.) Workouts: 6.1, 6.3, 6.5, 6.7, 8.1, 8.5, 8.10, 8.11, 9.1, 9.3, 9.11 For additional practice try 6.11 and 8.7 (No need to turn these two problems in.)

Week 6: Exam Feb 13th

Midterm exam covering Chapters 1-6 & 8
Key Concepts

Week 7: Chapter 9.1-9.4: Buying and Selling

Week 8: Chapter 10.1-10.5: Intertemporal Choice and Chapter 15.1-15.2,15.5-15.6,15.8,15.11: Market Demand

Week 9: Chapter 16.1-16.9: Equilibrium

Week 10: Chapter 19:.1-19.10 Technology

Week 11: Chapter 20.1,20.5-20.10: Profit Maximization Chapter 21.1,21.3-21.6: Cost Minimization

Nov. 5: Midterm exam covering Chapters 9-10, 15-16 and 19
Key Concepts

Week 12: Exam. Chapter 22.1-22.3,22.5,22.7: Cost Curves

Week 13: Chapter 23.1-23.9: Firm Supply and Chapter 24.1-24.6: Industry Supply

Week 14: Chapter 25.1-25.7: Monopoly and Chapter 26.1-26.6: Monopoly Behavior

Week 15: Chapter 32.1-32.7, 32.9-32.13: Exchange Chapter 34.1-34.3, 34.5-34.6: Welfare and Chapter 35.1,35.3-35.6: Externalities

Extra Practice Problems
Lots of Practice Problems

Final Exam: cumulative exam.
Key Concepts