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Principles of Microeconomics

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Principles of Microeconomics (common course-id ECON 201) , one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number:  ECON 201


General Course Description:  ECON 201

This is an introductory course focusing on choices of individual economic decision-makers. Topics include scarcity, specialization and trade, market equilibrium, elasticity, production and cost theory, market structures, factor markets, and market failure.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Elementary Algebra


Intermediate Algebra

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

Course Content:
Fundamentals of Economic Thinking
Opportunity Costs
Production Possibilities
Marginal Analysis
Rational Behavior
Positive v. Normative Distinction
How Markets Operate
Definition of a market
Factors of production
Supply and demand
Price mechanism
Producer and consumer surplus
Price controls
Consumer demand
Production and cost in the firm
Introduction to the production function
Marginal and average product
Law of diminishing returns
Explicit and implicit cost
Accounting profit v. economic profit
Total cost, average cost and marginal cost in short-run
Short-run production decisions
Long run average cost curve
Economies and diseconomies of scale
Market structures
Perfect competition
Monopolistic competition
Introduction to factor markets
Market failure and public policy
Specialization and gains from trade

Laboratory Activities (if applicable):

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

Utilize the concept of scarcity to explain economic trade-offs, opportunity costs, and rational behavior.
Calculate and interpret measures of elasticity.
Demonstrate how markets function and what happens in the presence of market failures.
Analyze production and costs of the firm.
Demonstrate how firms attempt to optimize their objectives in response to price signals under a variety of market structures in the short and long-run.


Methods of Evaluation:
Assessed written work is recommended for this course and may include any of the following (colleges are encouraged to work with local CSU and UC departments to determine writing requirements):

           Current event analysis

           Term papers

           Essay questions on exams       

           Exams and Quizzes containing one or more:

          Multiple Choice questions

          Short answers

          Problem Solving



          Homework Problem Sets


          Debates and class discussion

          Group projects


Other Information


Course Resources

  • Principles of Microeconomics 2.0
    Principles of Microeconomics 2.0 (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This low-cost textbook v2.0 available from Flat World Knowledge introduces college students to microeconomics. Authors... More
  • Modern Microeconomics
    Modern Microeconomics (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Bookboon’s free text authored by Sanjay Rode provides an explanation of modern microeconomic theories with simple... More
  • Microeconomics: Theory Through Applications
    Russell and Andrew’s open textbook presents all the theory that is standard in Principles books. But by beginning with... More
  • Principles of Microeconomics 2e
    Principles of Microeconomics 2e (Open (Access) Textbook)
    OpenStax College's text authored by Taylor and Greenlaw covers the scope and sequence for a one-semester microeconomics... More