09446 - Microeconomics (O-Z)

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  • Teacher Giuseppe Pignataro

  • Credits 10

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian


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

Good health and well-being Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2018/2019

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

INTRODUCTION  (First week)

  • Some Economic Fundamentals
  • Necessary analytical tools

PART I: Consumption and production choices
 (Weeks 2-5)

  • Consumption theory
  • Consumer behaviour 
  • Individual and market demand 
  • The theory of the firm 
  • Technology and production
  • Production costs


PARTE II: Market structure (Weeks 6-9)

  • Perfect competition
    Profit maximization and competitive supply
  • Analysis of perfectly competitive markets
  • Monopoly
  • Oligopoly 

PART III: Game Theory and General equilibrium (Weeks 9-10)

  • Game Theory, non-cooperative equilibria
  • General economic equilibrium.


Pindyck R.S. e D.L. Rubinfeld (2018), Microeconomia, Pearson – Prentice Hall, IX edizione, Edizione Custom.

Additional materials can be found at the following link: http://giuseppepignataro.altervista.org/teaching.html

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures are supported by additional materials available online, see http://giuseppepignataro.altervista.org/teaching.html

Assessment methods

Written exams.

Teaching tools

Lessons (60 teaching hours for 30 lessons) plus due hours per week for practise exercises held by a Tutor.

Website: http://giuseppepignataro.altervista.org/teaching.html

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Giuseppe Pignataro