Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study

ECON5001 - Microeconomic Theory

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Kunal Sengupta
Phone: +61 2 9351 5689
Email: kunal.sengupta@sydney.edu.au

Description

This unit presumes no prior exposure to economics and aims, by the end of the unit, to bring a proficiency equivalent to that of students with an intermediate level microeconomics unit in an Honours degree program. Many economic principles developed in this unit are routinely used in several other units in the program. Microeconomics studies how economic agents make choices in a variety of environments. The unit covers theory and applications of the principles of consumer choice, of firm behaviour, and of strategic interaction among economic agents. Equipped with these theories of decision making, students can address a range of interesting and important questions. Examples are: What market strategy should a firm adopt with its competitors? How might one create a market to deal with externalities such as pollution? What are the implications of different kinds of taxes? What compensation scheme will provide the right incentives to work?

Assessments

on-line quizzes (10%) and mid-semester test (35%) and 2.5hr final exam (55%)

Classes

1x3-hr seminar/week

Prohibitions

ECON5000
ECON5003

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