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Бакалавриат 2023/2024

Микроэкономика 2

Направление: 38.03.01. Экономика
Когда читается: 3-й курс, 1-3 модуль
Формат изучения: без онлайн-курса
Охват аудитории: для своего кампуса
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 8
Контактные часы: 92

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Microeconomics-2 is a two-semester course for third year students divided into two parts. The first part covers all topics of the syllabus and the second part is devoted to supporting lectures. In the course of Microeconomics-2 students are expected to deepen their understanding of basic concepts, add further tools of analysis and develop their skills in applying theory to economic problems. The course pays special attention to problems of uncertainty, intertemporal choice, general equilibrium and efficiency, asymmetric information and public goods. Intermediate Microeconomics is a core discipline under world standards. It forms the basis of further economic studies in applied disciplines such as: industrial organisation, public sector economics, labour economics, international economics, corporate finance, development economics, etc. The course is taught in English. The students are also studying for Russian degree in Economics, and knowing Russian terminology through reading in Russian is also required. Course prerequisites Students are supposed to be competent in basic economic analysis up to the level of the Introductory Microeconomics and in calculus taught in the first year of studies. Students are also expected to be familiar with constrained optimisation studied in the course of Mathematics for Economists during the second year. The course itself provides a basis (and so serves as a prerequisite) for such courses as Industrial Economics, Labour Economics, Public Sector Economics, International Economics.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  •  to expand the students’ knowledge in the field of microeconomics and to make them ready to analyze real economic situations
  •  to provide students with the knowledge of basic microeconomic models' assumptions, internal logic and predictions, grounding the explanations on intuitive, graphical and analytical approaches;
  •  to develop the students' ability to apply the knowledge acquired to the analysis of specific economic cases, recognising the proper framework of analysis and constructing the adequate economic models within this framework;
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be able to apply the knowledge acquired to the analysis of specific economic cases, recognising the proper framework of analysis and constructing the adequate economic models within this framework, grounding the explanations on intuitive, graphical and analytical approaches; be capable to work in a team
  • Students should be able to apply the knowledge acquired to the analysis of specific economic cases, recognising the proper framework of analysis and constructing the adequate economic models within this framework, grounding the explanations on intuitive, graphical and analytical approaches; be capable to work in a team
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Consumer behaviour under fixed income.
  • Consumer behaviour under in-kind income
  • Choice under uncertainty
  • Game theory
  • Production, costs and profit maximization (covered in year 2)
  • Perfect competition in a single market (covered in year 2)
  • General Equilibrium and Welfare
  • Monopoly and price discrimination
  • Oligopoly
  • Asymmetric Information
  • Externalities and Public Goods
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Spring exam
    Unseen written closed book exam
  • non-blocking Group project
  • non-blocking Fall exam
    Midterm exam is expected to take place by the end of module 1
  • non-blocking Winter test
  • non-blocking Home assignmets of module 1
    Average grade for all home assignments of module 1. Please, take into account that lecturee/clasteachers will conduct interviews on the submitted home assignments and may nullify the student's mark for some home assnment/s if the student is unable to answer the questions on his/her solution.
  • non-blocking Home assignments of module 2
    Average mark for home assignments of module 2
  • non-blocking Quiz
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 1st module
    0.25 * Home assignmets of module 1 + 0.7 * Fall exam + 0.05 * Quiz
  • 2023/2024 3rd module
    0.2 * Winter test + 0.1 * Group project + 0.2 * 2023/2024 1st module + 0.05 * Home assignments of module 2 + 0.45 * Spring exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Theory and application of intermediate microeconomics, Nicholson, W., 2010
  • Микроэкономика. Принципы и анализ : учебник, Коуэлл, Ф., 2011

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Akerlof, G. A. (1970). The Market for “Lemons”: Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.CAA2734F
  • R. H. Coase. (2013). The Problem of Social Cost. Journal of Law and Economics, (4), 837. https://doi.org/10.1086/674872
  • Schmalensee, R., & Stavins, R. N. (2013). The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Policy Experiment. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 27(1), 103–122. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.27.1.103
  • Spence, M. (1973). Job Market Signaling. https://doi.org/10.2307/1882010
  • Stavins, R. N. (2011). The Problem of the Commons: Still Unsettled after 100 Years. American Economic Review, 101(1), 81–108. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.1.81