What textbook can I use to really understand microeconomics, macroeconomics and mathematical economics. It can be different textbooks. I'm in first year college taking introductory courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and mathematical economics. I need a really good textbook or online site to understand what I'm studying well. I like the way people on this site answer and explain questions with application. I want to be like that too. I have Greg mankiw books by the way, I have schaum's introduction to mathematical economics. I need to read more quality books to understand.


  • $\begingroup$ First year undergrad or first year grad student? If you're an undergrad, I'd start by double majoring in math. Get abstract linear algebra and real analysis under your belt. Then go from there. $\endgroup$
    – ml0105
    Oct 29 '15 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ First year undergrad. Alright thanks. Any recommendation for micro textbook or macro? $\endgroup$
    – user274246
    Oct 29 '15 at 19:12
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    $\begingroup$ Hal Varian: Intermediate Microeconomics is a very good intro to micro. Later on (with more math under your belt) turn to Mas-Collel, Whinston, Green. $\endgroup$
    – Giskard
    Oct 29 '15 at 20:28
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    $\begingroup$ Varian is good. Double majoring in math is good. Osborne is good for game theory. Fudenberg and Tirole is more technical but also good for game theory. Fudenber and Tirole is more of a good grad level textbook though, though not as thick as MWG. $\endgroup$
    – ml0105
    Oct 29 '15 at 21:38
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    $\begingroup$ Hi. Welcome to Economics.SE. We are very happy you're here and that you've liked the way the Q&A works on this website. This question is very broad and would thus make it difficult to answer which is why I'm voting to close. There are some questions related to book requests; try reading some of those questions (and answers) and possibly split this into multiple questions if there are remaining gaps in what topicsyou need references for. $\endgroup$
    – cc7768
    Oct 29 '15 at 22:36

For micro, I would recommend McCloskey's Applied Theory of Price, available to download from the author's website here: http://www.deirdremccloskey.com/docs/price.pdf

Read the opening section titled "how to use this book" to see why I think it matches well with your needs.

Another intermediate–advanced undergraduate level micro book in a similar vein to McCloskey is "Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions" by Walter Nicholson and Christopher Snyder.

For an enthusiastic undergraduate looking to read more mathematical economics, I would recommend "Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics" by Alpha Chiang. Some commenters are correct that graduate-level economics can take you into some fairly serious topics in analysis and other areas of pure mathematics. But for now I think you would be better served trying to get a solid handle on the core tool set used be economists. In my view, Chiang is a great place to learn those tools—being a bit more advanced than typical undergraduate material, but not completely abstracted.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I've downloaded the book. It seems a little old but its quality $\endgroup$
    – user274246
    Oct 31 '15 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ Can you please give me other book suggestions, sir? $\endgroup$
    – user274246
    Oct 31 '15 at 8:36
  • $\begingroup$ @user274246 I added a couple of additional recommendations. I am afraid I don't know any good macro books. $\endgroup$
    – Ubiquitous
    Oct 31 '15 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks sir. Checking them out now. The McCloskey book, was it written by Deirdre or Donald, sir? $\endgroup$
    – user274246
    Oct 31 '15 at 9:11
  • $\begingroup$ @user274246 They are the same person. $\endgroup$
    – Ubiquitous
    Oct 31 '15 at 9:29

Your question is quite broad, but here are a couple of (open) book sites you might get started with: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/SearchResults.aspx?subjectAreaId=4 http://www.freebookcentre.net/Business/Economics-Books.html

When you're familiar with the basics, you might ask the question again with a more specific topic you'd like to study.

Expertise on economics (or pretty much any academic subject) is gained through years of studying and thought. It's, at least to me, a fascinating way of thinking about the world.


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