Also read: Handout on existence of utility functions.

**Week 2 (9/15, 9/17):** Read about existence of utility functions
under certainty and uncertainty. Kreps has very chatty and inviting
discussions of both of these topics, and if your math background is weak
or you like concrete examples, these chapters are excellent. I like
using them to prepare lectures too. The only thing to watch out for:
he uses slightly different axioms than I do. Studying the differences
makes a great exercise! Varian is very concise on the axiomatic
developments, and probably doesn't add much beyond what we do in class,
but gives clear treatment of applications. (These are good to study
for potential exam questions). MWG gets all of the epsilons right,
so if you felt concerned about the verbal arguments in class, this is the
place to go. But, as usual, it may be tough going for those without
as much math background.

Also: keep working through the mathematical background material if yours is weak, perhaps going to Chiang or another more comprehensive source for more detail.

**Week 3 (9/22, 9/24):** Classical consumer theory. This is
treated in all books and you probably know your favorite by now. I especially
recommend Kreps as hitting the level at which I expect you to understand
the material, and for providing intuition. If you have not seen calculus-based
intermediate microeconomics before, you definitely need to do some background
reading. Nicholson's intermediate microeconomics textbook is a good choice.
You should also review the mathematical appendices about constrained optimization
theory and the envelope theorem.

Handout on consumer theory.

**Week 4 (9/29, 10/1):** Consumer theory, expenditure functions and
applications to consumer's surplus and price indices.

Keep reading in your favorite text. Nicholson has nice background (again). Diamond and McFadden have an excellent article (on the reading list and on reserve in the library) on uses of the expenditure function in public finance that you may wish to read if you are interest in labor or public finance. One of the problems on the problem set helps you work through some of the ideas from that paper.

**Week 5 (10/6, 10/8):** Finish price indices, market demand.
Comparative statics and producer theory.

Handout on producer theory and monotone comparative statics.

**Week 6 (10/15):** (Tentative) Finish producer theory comparative
statics. LeChatlier principle.

**Week 7 (10/20, 10/22):** (Tentative) Competition, markets, and
monopoly.