Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
This is a core course of the bachelor degree in Business Administration and Management and aims to introduce the basic tools of microeconomics. In this course students study consumer’s and producer’s decisions and the way these individual decisions contribute to the process of price determination in the market. The course addresses both perfect and imperfect competition.
Expected learning outcomes
1. Knowledge and understanding:
1.1. understand the decision process of individuals and business firms, and their interactions in various market structures;
1.2. understand the welfare implications of public intervention in markets;
1.3. identify the characteristics of the different market structures and their implications for firms’ behaviour.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
2.1. use the supply and demand model to determine changes in market equilibrium;
2.2. analyse the choices of individuals (as consumers and as workers) and firms using marginal analysis and the notion of opportunity cost;
2.3. assess equilibrium welfare and its variations associated to public policies and market structures;
2.4. be able to recognise individual and strategic decision situations.
3. Ability to make judgments:
3.1. interpret market outcome and prices;
3.2. understand the scope, merits and limitations of economic models;
3.3. prepare students for independent economic thinking about economic and policy issues on the basis of an analytical method.
It is advisable to have a course in Mathematics. In particular, students must be able to draw and interpret functions of two variables, to solve simple systems of two equations and to take derivatives.
- Profit maximization for a price-taker firm
- Competitive equilibrium.
- Market intervention: taxes and subsidies, price floors, tariffs and quotas.
- Monopoly: equilibrium and deadweight loss. Regulation of monopolies.
- Pricing policies: perfect price discrimination, two-part tariffs, multimarket discrimination.
- Game theory: dominance and Nash equilibrium in static games. Sequential games.
- Oligopoly: Cournot and Bertrand models.
D. Bernheim and M. Whinston, Microeconomia (third edition), Mc-Graw Hill Italia, 2017.
M.C. Molinari, Esercizi di Economia Politica (second edition), Cafoscarina, 2017.
A detailed syllabus is available on Moodle.
Ninety minutes written examination with open questions and exercises analogous to those given in the practice sessions and in the exercise book. The passing grade is 18; points assigned to each question are clearly indicated in the exam.
You can take the exam in two partial written exams, at mid- and end-of-course.
The examination tests the student’s understanding of the topics covered in the course and his/her ability to analyse closely related problems and to interpret their results.
Students are urged to actively participate in class discussion and attempt the assigned problems (available on Moodle) before attending the exercise lectures.
The course website is on moodle.unive.it
Type of exam
Last update of the programme: 25/08/2020
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