28874 - Microeconomics 2

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

No poverty Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the class, the student has a working knowledge of the basic tools and results of the classical microeconomic theory for perfectly competitive environments. In particular, the class focuses on: - Classical consumer theory: utility maximization and expenditure minimization. - Choice under uncertainty and insurance decisions. - Production theory, profit maximization and cost functions. - Welfare analysis of perfectly competitive markets.

Course contents

Individual decision making: consumer, producer, uncertainty

1. Preference, choice (MWG 1.A to 1.D; R 1, 3, 5, 6)

2. Classical demand theory (MWG 3.A to 3.E and 3.I; JR 1-2; R 2, 4, 5, 6)

3. Production (MWG 5.A to 5.D; JR 3; R 6)

4. Uncertainty (MWG 6.A to 6.C; JR 2.4; R 7, 8)


Market equilibrium and welfare

5. Competitive equilibrium in an exchange economy (MWG 15.A, 15.B)

6. General equilibrium and welfare (MWG 16.A to 16.D; JR 5)


    Main textbook

    Mas-Colell, A., M. Whinston and J. Green, Microeconomic Theory. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1995. (MWG)

    Other books

    - Jehle, J A and P J Reny, Advanced Microeconomic Theory (3rd ed.). Pearson, Essex, 2011. (JR)

    - Rubinstein, A. Lecture Notes in Microeconomic Theory (2nd ed.). Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press 2012 [2019 revision downloadable here]. (R)

    Other references may be provided during classes.

    Teaching methods

    Lectures, tutorials, and home assignments.

    Assessment methods

    Home assignments (30% of final grade)

    Home assignments will contain both theoretical questions (such as propositions that students may be asked to prove) and exercises. Home assignments may be handed in individually or in groups of at most four students.

    Final exam (70% of final grade)

    The final exam will also contain both theoretical questions and exercises. Its grade can be rejected at most once.

    The final grade in Microeconomics 2 will be the weighted average of the grades in home assignments and the final exam.

    The final grade in Microeconomics is the simple average of those in Microeconomics 1 and 2.

    Teaching tools

    Slides and other materials might be available online.

    Classes, simultaneously offered to both physically present and remotely connected students, may be recorded and made available online.

    Students with disability or specific learning disabilities (DSA) are required to make their condition known to find the best possibile accommodation to their needs.

    Office hours

    See the website of Paolo Vanin