Senior UG at an east coast LAC with dual econ/math, staying 5th year to take more math classes (applying 2011). Going to do year long independent study with 2 professors in the econ dept that I know quite well. Topic will be grad micro because I think I will go into theoretical micro in grad school.
My question is as follows, should I do one semester of adult Varian then transition to Mas-Colell or just do M.C. for both semesters. My professors tell me M.C. assumes you know Varian so I plan on getting both books to see where I am at. I think my math skills are decent considering I have taken:
other standard math major cores..
Planning on taking along side this independent study:
abstract algebra II
Thanks for your time, and of course appreciate any feedback
Last edited by Charis; 04-20-2011 at 08:33 AM.
Varian is definitely at a lower level than MWG.
However, in my opinion, Varian is considerably better written than most of MWG. I second the idea of keeping copies of both on hand because there are times (at least for me) where MWG didn't make much sense until I read through the related section of Varian and then came back to MWG.
I did a semester independent study using Mas Colell and I found Nolan Millers notes useful. I didn't look at Varian.
Nolan Miller: Notes on Microeconomic Theory
In:T A&M, UIUC$, Stony Brook$. Out: Vand, Chicago, CalT. WL: UTAustin. Waiting: WUSTL
If you want to maybe take a lighter book before MWG I would try Jehle instead of Varian. Jehle is GREAT! In my opinion it is much more rigorous than Varian. It explains concepts much more intuitevely than MWG but is not near as thorough.
In: Berkeley, Yale, Northwestern, Columbia, UPenn (withdrawn)
Out: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford
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