3.4 — Marshallian Economics I: Demand & Utility — Class Content

Meeting Dates

Tuesday, November 1, 2022


Today we continue the marginalist revolution.


Required Readings

  • Ch.10 (up to Marshall on Supply) “Alfred Marshall and Neoclassical Economics” in Landreth & Colander
  • Ch.9 “Marshallian Economics: Utility and Demand” in Blaug

Questions to Help Your Reading

  • What is the definition of economics, according to Marshall
  • What is the proper way to study economics, and what is the role of mathematics, according to Marshall?
  • What do you recognize from your principles & intermediate microeconomics courses from Marshall?
  • What are the problems with Marshall’s approach to utility functions?
  • What are the problems with Marshall’s approach to measuring price and utility?
  • What is the rule for consumer maximization of utility?
  • What is the “marginal utility of money” according to Marshall, and how does it play a role in utility maximization?

Questions to Help Your Reading


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Participation/Discussion Board Posts Due 8 PM Fri Nov 4

This week’s graded discussion is worth 5 points, and can be a combination of discussion in class, and/or posts on the Blackboard Discussion Board by 8 PM this Friday November 4.

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