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Mathematics for Economics and Finance

Mathematics for Economics and Finance
Methods and Modelling

  • Authors:
  • Martin Anthony, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Norman Biggs, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521559133
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  • Mathematics has become indispensable in the modelling of economics, finance, business and management. Without expecting any particular background of the reader, this book covers the following mathematical topics, with frequent reference to applications in economics and finance: functions, graphs and equations, recurrences (difference equations), differentiation, exponentials and logarithms, optimisation, partial differentiation, optimisation in several variables, vectors and matrices, linear equations, Lagrange multipliers, integration, first-order and second-order differential equations. The stress is on the relation of maths to economics, and this is illustrated with copious examples and exercises to foster depth of understanding. Each chapter has three parts: the main text, a section of further worked examples and a summary of the chapter together with a selection of problems for the reader to attempt. For students of economics, mathematics, or both, this book provides an introduction to mathematical methods in economics and finance that will be welcomed for its clarity and breadth.

    • Authors have been teaching this at LSE for several years
    • Very broad coverage of topics
    • No mathematical fudging yet clear presentation
    • Suitable for both maths and economics backgrounds
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    'Throughout, the stress is firmly on how the mathematics relates to economics, and this is illustrated with copious examples and exercises that will foster depth of understanding.' L'Enseignement Mathématique

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    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521559133
    • length: 407 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.658kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mathematical models in economics
    2. Mathematical terms and notations
    3. Sequences, recurrences and limits
    4. Elements of finance
    5. The cobweb model
    6. Introduction to calculus
    7. Some special functions
    8. Introduction to optimisation
    9. The derivative in economics I
    10. The derivative in economics II
    11. Partial derivatives
    12. Applications of partial derivatives
    13. Optimisation in two variables
    14. Vectors, preferences and convexity
    15. Matrix algebra
    16. Linear equations I
    17. Linear equations II
    18. Inverse matrices
    19. The input output model
    20. Determinants
    21. Constrained optimisation
    22. Lagrangians and the consumer
    23. Second-order recurrence equations
    24. Macroeconomic applications
    25. Areas and integrals
    26. Techniques of integration
    27. First-order differential equations
    28. Second-order differential equations
    Selected solutions.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Business Mathematics
    • Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics
    • Intro to Linear Algebra
    • Intro to Mathematical Economics
    • Linear Algebra
    • Math for Social Sciences
    • Mathematics for Finance
    • Quantitative Methods for Economics and Business
  • Authors

    Martin Anthony, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Norman Biggs, London School of Economics and Political Science

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