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# Microeconomics Complete Study Guide

Updated 6/4/2020 Jacob Reed
Below you will find resources covering all major aspects of Microeconomics. I send my students these games, videos, and content review at the end of each unit to help them prepare for their unit exams. My students also use these to review and prepare right before AP Microeconomics exam in may. I sincerely hope these resources help you as much as they have my students.

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Not sure what to study First?
Start with the Microeconomics 30 Multiple Choice Exam to see where you struggle.

General Overview
Make sure you are able to draw, label, shade and manipulate every microeconomics graph. Also, know how to calculate all of the important microeconomics formulas.
Review: Microeconomics GraphsMicroeconomics FormulasSurplus and Deadweight LossMicroeconomics Graph ShadingMicroeconomics Important Points, prices and quantities, Microeconomics Graphs Labels
Games: Microeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs), Microeconomics Important Points, prices and quantities (P, Q, & Points)
Outside Video: ACDC Leadership

*Opportunity Cost: Know what opportunity cost is and how to calculate it.
Review: Opportunity Cost Review
Game: Cost, Profit, and Revenue Activity
Outside Video: Paddy Hirsch Video

*Marginal Analysis: Understand the difference between total and marginal. Marginal cost increases with quantity, and marginal benefit decreases with quantity. The benefit maximizing quantity is where MB=MC. Especially focus on utility maximizing combination calculations.
Review: Marginal Analysis Review
Game: First 5 of Utility Maximizing, Profit Maximizing, and Cost Minimizing Combinations
Outside VideoJodi Econ Girl

*Production Possibilities Curve: Know how to draw and label it, what makes it shift in or out, and how scarcity, efficiency inefficiency, and changes in production are shown.
Review: Production Possibilities Curve
Graph Drawing Practice: PPC Graphing Practice
Game: Production Possibilities Curve Activity (PPC)
Outside Video: 1funkyTeacher

*Comparative Advantage: Know how to calculate comparative advantage and terms of trade.
Review: Comparative Advantage
Game: Comparative Advantage Activity (Comparative ADV)
Outside Video: Marginal Revolution University Video

*Economic Systems: Know the differences between a centrally planned economy and market economy.
Review: What is economics?
Outside Video: Crash Course

Supply and Demand (markets)
Supply and Demand Multiple Choice Practice

Supply and Demand Flashcards

*Supply and Demand: Know how to draw and label a competitive market. Understand all of the supply and demand determinants and how shift supply and demand which changed equilibrium price and quantity.
Review: Supply and Demand DeterminantsMarket Equilibrium
Graph Drawing Practice: Competitive Markets
GamesChanges in Supply and Demand (shifts vs movement along the curve), Sorting Determinants Activity (Determinants), Shifting Competitive Markets Activity (Market Shifts)

Outside Video: ACDC Video

*Surplus and Deadweight Loss: Be able to locate and calculate consumer surplus, producer surplus, and deadweight loss in all of the micro graphs.
Review: Surplus and Deadweight Loss
Game: Microeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs)
Outside Video:
ACDC Video

*Price Controls: Be able to draw and understand how price floors and ceiling impact a competitive market including deadweight loss, consumer/producer surplus, shortage, and surplus.
Review:  Price Controls
Graph Drawing Practice: Competitive Market Graphing
GamesMicroeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs), Microeconomics Important Points, prices and quantities (P, Q, & Points)
Outside Videos: Crash Course EconomicsEconomics Fun

*Elasticity: Understand how to calculate and interpret elasticity coefficients (end-point method and mid-point method are both acceptable) and use the total revenue test to determine price elasticity of demand.
Review: Elasticity Coefficients
Game: Elasticity Coefficient Calculations (Elasticities)
Outside Videos: ACDC Video (Elasticity of Demand, Total Revenue), ACDC Video (Income, Cross-Price)

*Excise Taxes: Know how to draw and understand a competitive market graph with an excise tax including deadweight loss, producer/consumer surplus, and tax burdens.
ReviewExcise Taxes Review
Graph Drawing Practice: Competitive Market Graphing
GameMicroeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs)
Outside VideoNo Bull Economics

*Tariffs: Understand how international trade and tariffs impact a competitive market including all where to find prices, quantities, deadweight loss, producer/consumer surplus, etc.
ReviewTrade and Tariffs Graph
GamesMicroeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs), Microeconomics Important Points, prices and quantities (P, Q, & Points)
Outside Video: Economics Fun

Product Market Firms
Market Structures Multiple Choice Practice
Market Structures Flashcards

*Cost, Profit, and Loss: Know the difference between economic profit and accounting profit. Be able to draw and understand Total Cost Curves, Average Cost Curves, Marginal Cost, and LR ATC including economies of scale. Also know what shifts all of these curves.
Review: Cost, Revenue, & Profit, Cost Curves
Game: Cost, Revenue, & Profit
Outside Video: Khan Academy Video (Economic vs Accounting Profit), Jodi Econ Girl (Short Run Costs), ACDC Leadership (Long Run Cost and Economies of Scale)

*Perfect Competition: Be able to draw perfectly competitive markets and firms using side-by-side graphs, identify different parts of the graph, and the difference between short-run and long-run.
Review: Perfectly Competitive Firm
Graph Drawing Practice: Perfectly Competitive Market and Firm
Games:  Market StructuresMicroeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs), Microeconomics Important Points, prices and quantities (P, Q, & Points)
Outside Video: No Bull Economics

*Monopoly: Be able to draw a monopoly, identify different parts of the graph, and know how price ceilings can regulate monopolies.
Review: Monopoly
Graph Drawing Practice: Monopoly and Monopolistic Competition
Games:  Market StructuresMicroeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs), Microeconomics Important Points, prices and quantities (P, Q, & Points)
Outside Video: ACDC Leadership

*Oligopoly: Understand how to read, solve and redraw a pay-off matrix. Know Nash equilibrium and dominant strategy.
Review: Oligopoly/Duopoly and Game Theory
Games: Market StructuresPay-off Matrix Game
Outside Video: Jason Welker

*Monopolistic Competition: Be able to draw a monopolistically competitive firm graph, identify different parts of the graph, and fully understand the difference between short-run and long-run.
Review: Monopolistically Competitive firm
Graph Drawing Practice: Monopoly and Monopolistic Competition
Games:  Market StructuresMicroeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs), Microeconomics Important Points, prices and quantities (P, Q, & Points)
Outside Video: ACDC Leadership

Failures and Factors
Failures and Factors Multiple Choice Practice
Failures and Factors Flashcards

*Factor Markets: Understand the qualities of perfectly competitive and monopsony resource markets. Be able to draw, label and manipulate both graphs, and know how resource demand curves are derived from Marginal Revenue Product.
Review: MRP and MRCPerfectly Competitive Factor MarketsMonopsony
Graph Drawing Practice: Market Failures and Factor Markets
Games: MRP/MRC Calculations (Resource Calculations) and Points, Prices, and Quantities (P, P, & Q)
Outside Video: mjmfoodie (Perfectly Competitive Factor Market), mjmfoodie(Monopsony)

*Resource Combinations: Know how to calculate profit maximizing and cost minimizing combinations of resources.
Review: Resource Combinations
Game: Product and Resource Combinations (Best Combinations)
Outside Video: jsercysfc

*Externalities: Know what negative and positive externalities are. Be able to graph both the externality as well as how to correct for the externality through per-unit taxes and subsidies.
Review: Positive and Negative Externalities
Graph Drawing Practice: Market Failures and Factor Markets
Games: Microeconomics Graph Shading (Shade Graphs), Microeconomics Important Points, prices and quantities (P, Q, & Points)
Outside Video: No Bull Economics (Positive), ACDC Leadership (Negative)

*Public Goods: Understand that public goods are both non-rival and non-excludable as well as the fact that non-rival goods suffer from the free rider problem.
Review: Classifying Types of Goods
Game: Types of Goods Sorting
Outside Video: MR University

*Lorenz Curve: Know how to decipher a Lorenz curve and use it to measure wealth and income inequality. Know what a Gini ratio is and how to compare different values to measure wealth and income inequality. Also understand how taxes and transfer payments impact the Lorenz curve and Gini ratio.
ReviewIncome and Wealth Distribution
Outside Video: EconPlusDal