09446 - Microeconomics

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Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will know the basics of microeconomic analysis and their application to the study of tourist markets. In particular, the student will be able to:

-understand the behavior of consumers and firms and the functioning of markets, with particular focus on tourism;

-recognize and analyze the various market structures, with particular focus on tourism;

-apply the principles of microeconomics to the tourist market

Course contents

1. Introduction: principles of microeconomics and introduction to economic modelling

2. Supply and Demand: consumer and producer surplus, demand elasticity

3. Influencing market equilibrium: fixed prices and taxation

4. International trade

5. Individual decisions: rational consumer and production costs/factors

6. Market structures: perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly, monopolistic competition and product differentiation

7. Trade-off private incentives vs public outcomes: externalities, public goods, welfare state and income distribution

8. Role of information: uncertainty, risk and private information


  1. P. Krugman e R. Wells: Microeconomia, Zanichelli (2013). Appendixes are included.
  2. Matteo Maria Cati: Eserciziario di Microeconomia, Esculapio (2018), 7a edizione.

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises.

Assessment methods

Written exam

Teaching tools

On top of theoretical lectures (60 h), exercises will be solved in  the class. Any additional support material (e.g.,  slides) will be made available online. This material is complementary but does NOT replace the study of the textbook.

Office hours

See the website of Elias Carroni