- Class Number 7535
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Jose Rodrigues Neto
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
The course examines how individuals and firms make decisions by weighing up costs and benefits, and how the interaction of their decisions leads to market and social outcomes. The model of market supply and demand is employed to examine the effects of taxes, subsidies, and other government interventions in market activity. The implications of different market structures, including perfect competition and monopoly, are examined. Public goods, externalities and common resources are key examples of cases in which private markets may yield socially sub-optimal outcomes. Such cases are examined and the role of government policy in correcting for these is discussed.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the economic principles underpinning modern economics;
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the way budget constrained individuals make optimising choices and the way resources are allocated in private markets;
- demonstrate an understanding of the role of different trading arrangements in markets and their impact on prices and the quantities traded;
- use basic economic principles to evaluate the effects of government interventions and other exogenous changes in markets;
- evaluate the effects of government interventions in markets;
- present clearly written analysis of economic issues and problems
This course uses concepts that are present in research articles and are intensively investigated by researchers. Topics are relevant to current cutting-edge research.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
Have webcam and internet available.
The textbook is
“Microeconomics” Eighth Edition, Global Edition, by Jeffrey M. Perloff.
Pearson (Pearson Education Limited 2018)
ISBN 10: 1-292-21562-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-292-21562-4
The textbook is available online at the link: https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b6855639.
Slides of classes will be available on Wattle.
Complementary material: "Micro Math Notes" PDF file will be available for download in Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||scientific methods, scope of microeconomics, incentives, economic agents, natural resources, time resources, scarcity, constraints||chapter 1|
|2||functions, graphs, straight lines, slope (tangent in the right-angle triangle), increasing-constant-and-decreasing functions, systems of equations, ratios, changes, derivatives, rate of change, maximum and minimum||"Micro Math Notes" PDF file available on Wattle|
|3||supply and demand in a market economy, shifts in the demand and/or supply curve, price ceilings and price floors||chapters 1 and 2|
|4||welfare, economic efficiency, deadweight loss, taxation on competitive markets, tax revenue, tax burden and elasticities, market power||chapters 2,3 and 5; online quiz 1|
|5||technology and cost functions, returns to scale, gains from trade, production-possibility frontier, marginal rate of transformation, properties of the cost function, introduction to the cost minimization problem||chapters 5, 6, 7, and "Micro Math Notes" PDF|
|6||total revenue, profit function, competitive market and the individual firm analysis, profit maximization, market power and the monopoly, taxation (in a monopoly market), the deadweight loss in the single-price monopoly model||chapters 8, 9, 11, and 12|
|7||congestion, rival goods, excludable goods, private goods, common-pool resources, club goods, public goods, free rider problem and taxation, Lindahl taxation, positive externalities and negative externalities, Pigouvian taxation, property rights, Coase Theorem||chapters 7 and 18|
|8||preference relations, indifference relations, strict preferences, utility functions, partial derivative, marginal utilities, indifference curves, utility maximization problem with two goods (static model)||chapters 4, 5, and "Micro Math Notes" PDF; online quiz 2|
|9||consumer theory, dynamic utility maximization problem (1 good and two periods), expenditure minimization problem (static model with two goods), profit maximization problem, time value of money and loans with composite interest, monopsony||chapters 4, 17, and "Micro Math Notes" PDF|
|10||introduction to general equilibrium: Edgeworth Box, locally non-satiable preferences, equilibrium, Pareto Efficiency (Pareto Optimal), contract curve, first welfare theorem, second welfare theorem; introduction to expected utility theory||chapters 10 and 15|
|11||introduction to game theory||chapters 13 and 14|
|12||oligopolies, sequential games, subgame perfect equilibrium with economic applications||chapters 11, 13, 14, 15, and 16; online quiz 3|
Tutorials will be delivered remotely with an option for students in Canberra to have a face-to-face tutorial. More details will be available on Wattle in O-week.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online Quiz 1||33 %||21/08/2021||03/09/2021||1,2|
|Online Quiz 2||33 %||02/10/2021||22/10/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Online Quiz 3||34 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
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Due to continued travel restrictions this course will be delivered mostly through online platforms, with some live lectures available to students in Canberra. Echo360 recordings will be available for students who are unable to attend live lectures. Details on the delivery of this course and expectations of student participation are outlined in further detail on the Wattle course site.
Online quizzes (3) along the semester. More details will be available on Wattle.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Online Quiz 1
Quiz 1 will be in the end of week 4. Questions will be posted on Wattle and students will upload their answers. Results will be available before the end of week 6. This quiz will cover all contents of the course taught before the quiz. Only one attempt. Quiz will be available for one hour. Late quiz will not be accepted. Solutions will be provided after the quiz is marked. Quiz 1 date is Saturday 21 August. More information on Wattle by week 3.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Online Quiz 2
Quiz 2 will be in the end of week 8. Questions will be posted on Wattle and students will upload their answers. Results will be completed not after three weeks after the quiz. Covers all contents of the course taught before the quiz. Only one attempt. Quiz will be available for one hour. Late quiz will not be accepted. Solutions will be provided after the quiz is marked. Quiz 2 date is Saturday 02 October. More information on Wattle by week 7.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Online Quiz 3
Quiz 3 will be after week 12. Questions will be posted on Wattle and students will upload their answers. Results will be announced together with ANU official announcements of grades in semester two. Covers all contents of the entire course. Only one attempt. Quiz will be available for one hour. Late quiz will not be accepted. More information on Wattle in week 10.
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