• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anthony Swan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2017
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The course is designed to familiarize students with selected important topics in microeconomic theory, including consumer theory and producer theory. As a preparatory course, the class environment will be structured to help students become familiar with the ANU teaching environment, resources available to students, and requirements of formal coursework. In-class exercises are an important component of teaching in the course. Student participation in discussion of issues in microeconomics and study at ANU more broadly is also highly encouraged. An objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in microeconomics and help provide a strategy for students to improve on any weaknesses.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students should:
1. understand basic concepts of consumer theory, including preferences, axioms of rational choice, and representation of preferences through utility;
2. understand the concept of an indifference curve and its properties;
3. be familiar with the concept of marginal rate of substitution and be able to calculate the marginal rate of substitution under various function form assumptions for utility;
4. be able to represent relative price, a consumer’s budget constraint, and a consumer’s optimal bundle of consumption on a graph;
5. be able to represent the consumer’s optimisation problem in algebraic form and use constrained optimisation techniques to solve basic problems in consumer theory;
6. use the Lagrange method to calculate the indirect utility function and Marshallian demand, and understand the concept of Roy’s Identity;
7. be familiar with the concept of expenditure minimisation as the dual to utility maximization;
8. understand the concept of Hicksian demand and how it can be derived using Shephard’s lemma;
9. understand the basics of producer theory, including different types of production functions, marginal rate of technical substitution, and returns to scale;
10. be able to solve profit maximisation problems and understand the duality with cost minimisation;
11. be familiar with the basics of game theory and the concept of Nash equilibrium in pure strategies, particularly in the context of the prisoner’s dilemma game.

Indicative Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessment tasks will be used to aid student learning. Feedback will be provided on all tasks. Completion of all tasks is required.

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Approximately 30 hours class, with an equivalent number of hours in self study


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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1352 12 Jan 2017 10 Feb 2017 10 Feb 2017 17 Feb 2017 In Person N/A

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