|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
Semester 1 aims: To provide an overview of modern microeconomics at an advanced undergraduate level by extending the analysis of perfectly competitive markets, considering the effects of: missing markets and trade frictions, market power, time, uncertainty and strategic interaction.
Semester 2 aims: To introduce students to the study of economic behaviour under asymmetric information and to analyse the welfare implications of asymmetric information on market outcomes.
Semester 1 Syllabus:
TOPIC 1: General Equilibrium
Exchange and Competitive Equilibrium. Core equivalence.
TOPIC 2: Welfare Economics
Social Welfare Functions.
TOPIC 3: Missing Markets
Externalities and Coase Theorem.
TOPIC 4: Market Power
Weak and strong monopoly.
TOPIC 5: Strategic Interaction.
Game theory - static and dynamic games. Repeated games. Signalling games.
TOPIC 6. Bargaining
Nash bargaining. Alternative-offers bargaining.
TOPIC 7: Uncertainty
Choice under uncertainty.
TOPIC 8: Trade Frictions
Search theory. Equilibrium search models.
Semester 2 Syllabus:
TOPIC 1: Search and Matching
Price dispersion. Matching.
TOPIC 2: Hidden Information and Adverse Selection.
Adverse selection in labour, goods and insurance markets.
TOPIC 3: Screening
TOPIC 4: Signalling
Signalling in labour, goods and financial markets.
TOPIC 5: Hidden Action and Moral Hazard.
Moral hazard in labour and insurance markets.
TOPIC 6: Contract Theory
Employment contracts. Insurance contracts.
TOPIC 7: Auction theory
First price and second price auctions.
TOPIC 8: Bargaining
Bargaining with incomplete information.
|Category||Activity||Number||Length||Student Hours||Academic Staff Contact Hours||Comment|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||62:00||62:00||0:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||14||2:00||28:00||28:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||50:00||50:00||0:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||0:00||N/A|
1.Lectures provide an in-depth presentation of theoretical models and required techniques, as well as guidance on how to apply the analysis to real-world economic situations.
2.Seminars take students through applications of lecture material and provide solutions to problem sets done in independent study.
3.Independent study involves following up reading list references and practicing analytical skills.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Exam tests understanding of advanced Microeconomic theories and their application to real market situations.
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