This introductory course aims to set out the essential questions asked by economists and to show the types of breakdowns of social and historical reality to which they refer; to offer students a principle for identifying the main actors in economic life, the objectives they are pursuing, the methods they use in their everyday operations and the strategies they employ; and to put together a framework with which to understand the compatibility of aims and methods between individual actors and between the organisations in which they operate.
- Introduction– The field of economic analysis. Flows and stocks. Economic behaviour and accounting balance. Ex-ante and ex-post reasoning. Aggregation. Microeconomics and macroeconomics.
- Companies and the production of goods and services
- Public administrations
- The balance of payments
- Aggregated accounts in an open economy
Beffy, P.-O. (2008), Initiation à l'économie: le cadre de l'analyse économique, de Boeck.