• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Econometrics, Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yijuan Chen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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The foundations of economic theory are based on mathematical models. Thus, a thorough understanding of the economic content of such models is not possible without a clear understanding of the mathematical concepts that underpin the modeling. Together with ECON8013 – Mathematical Techniques in Economics I, this course forms a two-semester sequence, which introduces students to a range of mathematical concepts and techniques that form the basis of advanced economic theory courses, such as the ones required of students enrolled in Honours, Masters and PhD programs. The introduced concepts and techniques will be derived from basic principles and assumptions as thoroughly as possible, and will be illustrated using standard applications from economics.

Due to the strong interdependence between the topics covered in the two courses, students are encouraged to take both courses as a sequence in the same year. Specifically, it is not recommended for students to enrol in ECON8014 without having first completed ECON8013.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon a successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the mathematical methods that are most widely used in economics, both from a formal, abstract perspective, and an intuitive perspective.
  • Know how to read, understand, and construct mathematical proofs, and appreciate their role in the derivation of mathematical concepts and structures.
  • Apply mathematical methods and techniques that are formulated in abstract settings to concrete economic applications.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Two midterms worth 20% each and one end-of-semester examination (60%).

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Workload

Four contact hours per week (three lectures and one tutorial).

Prescribed Texts

Rangarajan K. Sundaram, A First Course in Optimization Theory, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Preliminary Reading

Not required for students who have recently completed ECON8013 – Mathematical Techniques in Economics I.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7741 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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