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Microeconomics

  • Teacher(s): B.Klaus
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 7.5 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2017-2018, 4.0h. course + 1.0h exercices (weekly average)
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  • site web du cours course website
  • Related programme: Master of Science (MSc) in Economics

 

Objectives

This class is an introduction to the concepts and tools of Microeconomic analysis. We will cover the classic topics of consumer choice, production theory, market equilibrium, and social choice and welfare. We will essentially cover Chapters 1 - 5 of Jehle and Reny's advanced microeconomic theory book (Advanced Microeconomic Theory, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011).

Contents

1. Consumer choice:

• Preferences and utility functions
• Utility maximization and properties of consumer demand.
• Choice under uncertainty

[Chapters 1 - 2 in Jehle-Reny, Chapters 2 - 3, 6 in Mas-Colell et. al., and
Chapters 7 - 11 in Varian]

2. Production theory:

• Profit maximization and cost minimization.
• Monopoly

[Chapter 3 in Jehle-Reny, Chapters 5, 12 in Mas-Colell et. al., and
Chapters 1 – 5, 14 in Varian]

3. Market equilibrium:

• Competitive markets
• General equilibrium

[Chapters 4 - 5 in Jehle-Reny, Chapters 15-17, 19 in Mas-Colell et. al., and Chapters 13, 17-18 in Varian]

References

We will mainly use Jehle and Reny's advanced microeconomic theory book (Advanced Microeconomic Theory, 2011, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011, ISBN 978-0-273-73191-7, paper back edition). Students should have access to a copy of this book during the course.

Two other standard references for graduate microeconomics are Microeconomic Theory by Andreu Mas-Colell, Michael D. Whinston and Jerry R. Green (Oxford University Press) and Microeconomic Analysis by Hal R. Varian (third edition; New York: W.W. Norton).

Pre-requisites

Students who do not feel comfortable with calculus and standard mathematical tools for economists are strongly advised to consult and work with Martin Osborne's tutorial site http://www.economics.utoronto.ca/osborne/MathTutorial/ (the strong point of this tutorial is that it provides exercises with solutions and thus students can practice on their own).

For this course Chapter 3 on Concavity and Convexity and Chapter 6 on Optimization: Equality Constraints will be particularly relevant.

Furthermore a standard microeconomics background on the level of intermediate microeconomics is strongly recommended.

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Written 3h00 hours
Documentation:
Not allowed
Calculator:
Allowed with restrictions
Evaluation:

Normal : écrit, 3heures, closed-book, max{(25% bonus grade + 75% final exam grade), final exam grade}, only the following calculators are allowed

  • Fiamo HD8S (Coop)
  • Sunway SH 228 (Manor)
  • M-Budget (Migros)

Retake

Exam:
Written 3h00 hours
Documentation:
Not allowed
Calculator:
Allowed with restrictions
Evaluation:

Rattrapage : écrit, 3heures, closed-book (100%), only the following calculators are allowed

  • Fiamo HD8S (Coop)
  • Sunway SH 228 (Manor)
  • M-Budget (Migros)


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