The concept of general equilibrium, one of the central components of economic theory, explains the behavior of supply, demand, and prices by showing that supply and demand exist in balance through pricing mechanisms. The mathematical tools and properties for this theory have developed over time to accommodate and incorporate developments in economic theory, from multiple markets and economic agents to theories of production.
Yves Balasko offers an extensive, up-to-date look at the standard theory of general equilibrium, to which he has been a major contributor. This book explains how the equilibrium manifold approach can be usefully applied to the general equilibrium model, from basic consumer theory and exchange economies to models with private ownership of production. Balasko examines properties of the standard general equilibrium model that are beyond traditional existence and optimality. He applies the theory of smooth manifolds and mappings to the multiplicity of equilibrium solutions and related discontinuities of market prices. The economic concepts and differential topology methods presented in this book are accessible, clear, and relevant, and no prior knowledge of economic theory is necessary.
General Equilibrium Theory of Value offers a comprehensive foundation for the most current models of economic theory and is ideally suited for graduate economics students, advanced undergraduates in mathematics, and researchers in the field.
Yves Balasko is professor of economics at the University of York. He is the author of Foundations of the Theory of General Equilibrium and The Equilibrium Manifold.
"The economic concepts and differential topology methods presented in this book are clear, accessible and detailed so the reader can study the book independently without requiring any serious prior knowledge. . . . [T]his comprehensive and pedagogical book is suitable for graduate students and also for researchers in this field."--Ioannis A. Polyrakis, Mathematical Reviews Clippings
"Balasko provides a clear, thorough, and completely up-to-date look at the basic economic model of supply and demand, in which values are determined through the interaction of individual preferences, endowments, and technologies. This will be an excellent text for advanced graduate students in economic theory, an introduction for mathematics students with an interest in applications of differential topology, and a must-have reference for researchers in general equilibrium theory."--Karl Shell, Cornell University
"This book performs a valuable pedagogical service for the economics profession by providing a detailed development of general equilibrium theory that will be accessible to graduate students of economics."--Stephen E. Spear, Carnegie Mellon University
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