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Bachelor 2020/2021

Microeconomics

Area of studies: Business Informatics
When: 1 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Microeconomics is a science of decision-making by individuals and firms. These decisions lead to market interactions which are also studied in this field. In this course, students will learn how economists think about people and firms responding to incentives and participate in transactions. Government interventions affecting these decisions and transactions are also discussed.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course is aimed at giving students an understanding of basic microeconomic concepts.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basics of the economic approach to human decision-making
  • Solve for equilibrium at a perfectly competitive market
  • Solve a perfectly competitive firm optimisation problem
  • Understand the basics of trade-off in production
  • Understand the logic behind international trade.
  • Understand the consequences of protectionist policies
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Principles of Economic Thinking: Opportunity Cost and Choice
    What Economics is about. Economic method. Micro and Macroeconomics. Basic principles of Economics.
  • The Firm and the Market
    FIrm as a black box. Costs. Short run and long run. Maximising profit. Supply curve. Market supply.
  • Perfect Competition
    The concepts of Demand and Consumer Surplus. Equilibrium. Allocative efficiency. Government interventions.
  • Production Possibility Frontier
    The concept of limited resources and opportunity cost in production. Production possibility frontier. Marginal Rate of Transformation, relative prices and trade.
  • International Trade
    Facts and myths about international trade. Exports and Imports. Trade in a partially equilibrium setting. Government interventions, protectionism.
  • Monopoly
    Choosing prices: monopoly model. Inefficiency caused by a monopoly. Pricing techniques.
  • Game Theory
    Definition of a game. Pure and mixed strategies. Nash Equilibrium. Normal and extended form games. Subgame perfection. Commitments
  • Oligopoly Models
    Cournot, Stackelberg, and Bertrand models with homogenous good. Linear city model.
  • Consumer Choice
    Preferences and indifference curves, marginal rate of substitution. Budget constraint. Utility maximisation. Comparative statics.
  • Intertemporal Choice
    Allocating money between consumption and saving. Fisher Separation Theorem.
  • Market Failures
    The problem of missing markets. Externalities, public goods, imperfect information. Solutions.
  • Economics and the Real World
    A critical view of economic analysis. Limited rationality and behavioural economics. Economic experiments.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class quizzes
    Homeworks will be provided after the seminar classes devoted to solving theoretical questions. Students may solve the questions individually or in groups, nothing has to be submitted for grading. Some seminar classes will start with the short tests (not announced in advance) which will be similar to a question from the latest homework. Students will have to provide solutions that will be graded.
  • non-blocking Midterm Exam
    The midterm exam will consist of a few questions, both theoretical and applied. Students will be required to rigorously solve theoretical problems or to provide a verbal explanation of come phenomenon using the concepts studied in the course.
  • non-blocking Final Exam
    The final exam will consist of a few questions, both theoretical and applied. Students will be required to rigorously solve theoretical problems or to provide a verbal explanation of come phenomenon using the concepts studied in the course. Examination format: The exam is taken written (open-ended questions) with asynchronous proctoring/without proctoring. Asynchronous proctoring means that all the student's actions during the exam will be “watched” by the computer. The exam process is recorded and analyzed by artificial intelligence and a human (proctor). Please be careful and follow the instructions clearly! The platform: The exam is conducted on the StartExam platform. StartExam is an online platform for conducting test tasks of various levels of complexity. The link to pass the exam task will be available to the student in the RUZ. The computers must meet the following technical requirements 1. Desktop computer or laptop only (mobile devices are not supported); 2. Operating systems: Windows( v. 7, 8, 8.1, 10), Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 and higher; 3. Google Chrome of the latest (by the day of the control) update (to download use the link: https://www.google.com/chrome/, to update follow chrome://help/ with browser version and the update button if available) or Yandex Browser of the latest update. 4. Network port data allowed: 80 TCP, 443 TCP, 3478 TCP/UDP (check it with your provider / select control panel – system and security – Miscrosoft Deneder Firewall – additional options. Make sure that your inbound and outbound connection is not limited). 5. Adjusted and turned on web-camera (including a laptop integrated one) 6. Adjusted and turned on microphone (including a laptop integrated one); 7. High-speed stable Internet access 5 Mbit/s and higher; it is not recommended to use mobile Internet access since technical failure and cutting off are highly likely to occur during proctoring control. 8. Your desktop computer or laptop must successfully complete verification which is available only after authorization. All students are expected to do their best to ensure their computers (laptops) meet all the requirements described above. A student is supposed to follow the requirements below (With proctoring): Prepare identification documents (а passport on a page with name and photo) for identification before the beginning of the examination task; Check your microphone, speakers or headphones, webcam, Internet connection (we recommend connecting your computer to the network with a cable, if possible); Prepare the necessary writing equipment, such as pens, pencils, pieces of paper, and others. Disable applications on the computer's task other than the browser that will be used to log in to the StartExam program. If one of the necessary requirements for participation in the exam cannot be met, a student is obliged to inform a program manager 7 days before the exam date to decide on the student's participation in the exams. Important rules: All rules are available in exam regulations using asynchronous proctoring technology in the framework of intermediate certification. Connection failures: A short-term connection failure during the exam is considered to be the loss of a student's network connection with the StartExam platform for no longer than 5 minutes per exam. A long-term connection failure during the exam is considered to be the loss of a student's network connection with the StartExam platform for longer than 5 minutes per exam and will be the basis for the decision to terminate the exam. In case of a long-term connection failure in the StartExam platform during the examination task, the student must record the fact of connection failure (screenshot, a response from the Internet provider). Then contact the program manager with an explanatory note about the incident to decide on retaking the exam.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * Final Exam + 0.3 * In-class quizzes + 0.3 * Midterm Exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Perloff, J. M. (2018). Microeconomics: Theory and Applications with Calculus, Global Edition (Vol. Fourth edition, global edition). Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1538006
  • Pindyck, R. S., & Rubinfeld, D. L. (2015). Microeconomics, Global Edition (Vol. Global edition, Eighth edition). Boston: Pearson. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1419566

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Microeconomics, Pindyck, R. S., Rubinfeld, D. L., 2018
  • Price theory, Landsburg, S. E., 2011