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Reading list

EC3120 Mathematical economics

This reading list was last updated in June 2014.

The editions quoted here, and in the subject guide and course information sheet, are a guide.
You should always attempt to obtain the most recent edition of any textbook, and where
references are made to page numbers of previous editions, use the index of the new edition
to find the relevant section. If you find that any of the books listed are out of print please let
us know by emailing

Essential reading
Dixit, Avinash K. Optimization in Economics Theory. (Oxford University Press, 1990)
[ISBN 9780198772101].
Sydster, Knut, Peter Hammond, Atle Seierstad and Arne Strom Further Mathematics
for Economic Analysis. (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008) second edition [ISBN

Further reading
Barro, Robert and Xavier Sala-i-Martin Economic Growth. (McGraw-Hill, 1995) [ISBN
Kamien, Morton and Nancy L. Schwartz Dynamic optimization: the calculus of variations
and optimal control in economics and management. (Elsevier science, 1991) [ISBN
Ljungqvist and Sargent Recursive Macroeconomic theory. (MIT Press, 2001) [ISBN
Rangarajan, Sundaram A first course in Optimization theory. (Cambridge, 1996) [ISBN
Sargent, T.J. Dynamic Macroeconomic theory. (Harvard University Press, 1987) [ISBN
Simon, C.P. and L.E. Blume Mathematics for Economists. (W.W. Norton, 1994) [ISBN
Takayama, Akira Analytical methods in economics. (University of Michigan Press, 1993)
[ISBN 978-0472081356].
Varian, H.R. Intermediate Microeconomics. (W.W. Norton & Co., 2005) [ISBN
Varian, H.R. Microeconomic Analysis. (W.W. Norton & Co., 1992) third edition [ISBN
9780393957358] Chapter 7.

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