09446 - Microeconomics (A-E)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Political, Social and International Sciences (cod. 8853)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the students will: - master the basic tools for the study of the behaviour of the main economic agents (consumers, firms, government) and of their interactions in the markets. - know the basic theoretical instruments for the understanding of the redistributive effects of public policies, with particular reference to the Italian case.

Course contents

Overview of the course

INTRODUCTION (chapter 1)

  • The Capitalist revolution and wealth inequality
  • Technological change, population and economic growth

PART I: Scarcity, work, and choice (chapters 2 and 3)

  • Labour, preferences, opportunity costs
  • Economic growth and labour time (theory, historic evolution and cross-country differences)
  • Wealth and substitution effect

PART II: Social interactions (chapter 4)

  • Game theory
  • Social preferences (prisoner's dilemma, public goods etc)
  • Lab and field experiments

PART III: Demand and supply, monopoly, and perfect competition (chapters 7 and 8)

  • Competitive markets and equilibrium
  • Market power and monopoly

PART IV:Externalities and out-of-equilibrium rents (chapters 11 and 12)

  • Out-of-equilibrium
  • Negative externalities, property rights, bargaining, and piguvian taxes

Please make sure to check the updated program and the detailed syllabus online, on the Virtuale page of the course. 


The CORE Team (2018), Economia: Comprendere il mondo che cambia, il Mulino.

Ebook version available here free of charges: https://www.core-econ.org/project/leconomia/

The book is also available in English. The e-book offers a number of interactive tools, including self-assessment tests.

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises, complemented by supporting material. Interactive tools, market simulations, and newspapers articles will be used during the lectures to foster the understanding of the phenomena under study.

Attendance of both lectures and exercises is strongly recommended. 

Assessment methods

Written exam structured around three parts: multiple choice questions, theoretical questions, and exercises. 

In case the Covid-19 emergency will continue, online exams could be held in the form of oral exams. 

During the semester, students will be able to take two partial exams (the final grade is the average of the two partials).

No additional partial exams will be scheduled during the academic year.

Teaching tools

The course comprises a total of 60h of frontal lectures and 20h of exercises. 


Slides, the material for the exercises, and other material will be made available online on IOL and on the personal webpage of the instructor: https://sites.google.com/site/stefaniabortolotti/teaching


Both the book and the additional material are compulsory for the preparation of the exam.


Office hour (only by appointment): Thursday from 9.30 am to 11.00 am. Please write an email to the instructor at least 24h before.  

Office hours

See the website of Stefania Bortolotti


No poverty Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities Climate Action

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.