An Introduction to Microeconomics

By Prof. Vimal Kumar   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 3038
Microeconomics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources among individuals. Economic theories are based on the assumption that individuals as well as firms have well defined objectives; utility maximization for individuals and profit maximization for firms and they act systematically according to the incentives and constraints of their economic environment. It is this framework that allows the economist to gain a fundamental understanding of the human puzzle in an economic setting. This course in the fundamentals of economics covers consumer theory, producer theory as well as the market structures through which individuals and firms interact.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  Undergraduate Economics Students, Professionals from other stream interested in learning Economics
PREREQUISITES :  Class 12 level maths
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  All Banking Enterprises
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  : What is Economics, Demand, Supply, Equilibrium, Change in Supply and Demand, Elasticity
Week 2  : Comparative Statics, Consumer Theory, Preferences, Utility Maximization, Substitution and Income Effect, Fiffin Goods
Week 3  : Compensated Demand, Producer Theory, Type of Firms, Production functions and Isoquants, Factor Substitutions, Return to Scale and Economies of Scale
Week 4  : Cost Curves, Cost Functions, Cost Minimization, Profit Maximization, Market Structures, perfect and Imperfect Markets
Week 5  : Perfectly competitive firm, Monopoly, Market Power, Price discrimination, Taxation, Introduction to Game Theory
Week 6  : Cost Curves
Week 7  : Market Environment 1,Perfectly Competitive Market,Short Run vs. Long Run
Week 8  : Equilibrium Analysis,Social Surplus,Dead weight Loss
Week 9  : Market Environment 2- Monopoly,Profit Maximization
Week 10: Price Discrimination,First Degree,Second Degree,Third Degree
Week 11:  Introduction to Game Theory,Nash Equilibrium
Week 12:  Market Environment 3- Oligopoly,Cournot Game,Bertrand Game

Books and references

•    Robert S. Pindyk and D.L. Rubinfeld,Microeconomics, Edition: 6, Paperback (Special Indian Edition), Pearson Education India
•    Hal R. Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics : A Modern Approach,Edition 7, Paperback (Special Indian Edition), Affiliated East West.
•    R. Preston McAfee, Introduction to Economic Analysis, Freely available on http://www.mcafee.cc/Introecon/IEA2007.pdf licensed under the Creative Commons.

Instructor bio

Prof. Vimal Kumar

IIT Kanpur
After receiving a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California Irvine in 2008, Vimal Kumar worked in the research division of a multinational firm called Watson Wyatt Worldwide for a year. In June 2009, he joined Indian Institute of technology Kanpur. Initially, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. 

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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