- Class Number 3712
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Ronald Stauber
- Dr Ronald Stauber
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
The course will focus on Microeconomic theory as an approach to organizing economic ideas through modelling.
This course will examine some basic components of economic theory concerning the allocation of scarce resources:individual non-strategic decision making by consumers and firms, Markets and General Equilibrium, Game Theory for extending the models of consumers and producers to strategic settings (with an emphasis on asymmetric information and mechanism design), and models of how decisions are made in non market settings through political institutions or within firms.
Along the way we will consider how to include uncertainty in models and how to establish the existence of equilibria/optima and the comparative static properties of these predicted outcomes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Individual Decision Makers: State and prove the fundamental properties of consumer and producer behaviour in neoclassical economics
- Markets: explain and apply the results of, Game Theory and General Equilibrium in understanding the properties of basic market structures.
- Mechanism Design: use mechanism design techniques to establish the structure of optimal incentive contracts and apply contract design to solve economic problems.
- Uncertainty: explain and apply the results of, and methods used in, expected utility theory
- Non-market allocation: state and prove the fundamental results of social choice, voting and managerial hierarchies; know the characteristics of some practical solutions to non-market allocation systems.
- Modelling: Describe relevant economic situations as games or optimization problems.
- Solving: Use curvature and monotonicity properties to establish the solutions and comparative static properties for relevant economic models.
The course covers concepts, methodologies and techniques that form the foundation of modern research in all fields of economics.
Examination Material or equipment
Exams will be held remotely through the class Wattle site. A stable and reliable internet connection is necessary.
Recommended Textbooks and References
- D.M. Kreps, Microeconomic Foundations I: Choice and Competitive Markets, Princeton University Press, 2013
- A. Mas-Colell, M.D. Whinston, and J.R. Green, Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University Press, 1995
- I. Gilboa, Theory of Decision under Uncertainty, Cambridge University Press, 2009
- M.J. Osborne, and A. Rubinstein, A Course in Game Theory, MIT Press 1994
- G.J. Mailath, Modeling Strategic Behavior, World Scientific 2019
- M. Maschler, E. Solan, and S. Zamir, Game Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2013
- T. Börgers, An Introduction to the Theory of Mechanism Design, Oxford University Press, 2015
Textbooks and additional readings will be available on reserve or as electronic versions (if available), by the start of the semester, through the following ANU Library reading list:
Students will be given feedback in the form of verbal feedback during workshops and tutorials, and individual feedback and help with lecture material and tutorial problems, as well as discussions of solutions to assignments, during consultations.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Preferences and choice under certainty|
|2||Choice under risk|
|3||Choice under uncertainty; Utility for money|
|4||Strategic games and existence of Nash equilibrium|
|5||Games with incomplete information|
|7||Extensive games with imperfect information|
|10||Mechanism design: Revelation principle; Screening|
|11||Mechanism design: Optimal auctions|
no tutorial registration is required for this course, see Wattle for further information regarding tutorials
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Weekly submission of questions - 8%||8 %||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|Weekly assignments - 24%||24 %||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|Final Examination - 68%||68 %||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
* 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
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Due to travel restrictions this course will be largely delivered through online platforms. Aspects of the delivery will be asynchronous. However, there will be synchronous activities also taking place (both online and on campus). Details on the delivery of this course and expectations of student participation are outlined in further detail on the class Wattle site in O-week. Attendance at synchronous activities, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b). In addition, workshops for this course are a discussion-based class. Providing worked solutions would not effectively compensate for missing a workshop. Students who, through unavoidable and unplanned occurrences, are unable to attend a workshop one week are encouraged to work through the problems and attend a consultation session for discussion and solutions.
See information above in Assessment Task 3.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Weekly submission of questions - 8%
Electronic recordings covering each week's lecture material will be made available asynchronously via the class Wattle site. After each week, students are required to submit via an appropriate Wattle activity, a minimum of one question that is relevant to the topics that are covered in the respective week's lecture. Such questions are not expected to be very deep or advanced, but they must be related to the corresponding lecture material. The due dates and times for submission of questions will be posted on Wattle. The questions submitted by all students will be discussed in the following week during a synchronous/live online Q&A workshop (commencing in week 2), or, if time does not permit all questions to be answered, answers will be posted on the discussion forum of the class Wattle site.
The submission of questions related to each week's lecture material (i.e., a minimum of one question), will be worth 1% of the total marks for the course, up to a maximum total of 8% for all the questions submitted throughout the semester. Hence, the maximum of 8% for this assessment task can be attained by submitting questions for 8 out of the 11 Q&A workshops that will take place during the semester.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Weekly assignments - 24%
Students are required to submit written solutions to weekly assignment/tutorial problems, with the exception of week 1 of the semester. The 8 highest marks out of these 11 assignments, will be used to compute the 24% assignment component of your final grade. You may discuss the assignment problems with other students, but each student is required to submit their own written solutions.
The due dates and times for the assignments will be posted on Wattle. Assignment question sheets will be posted on the class Wattle page approximately one week before the due dates, and will include specific due dates and times for each assignment. Late submissions of assignments will NOT be accepted, as the solutions will be discussed in class after the submission deadline. Assignment marks will be released on Wattle after the assignments are graded, approximately one week after the submission dates.
Solutions to assignments must be submitted online as pdf files, via the corresponding assignment activity on the class Wattle site. Handwritten solutions may be scanned in pdf format using commonly available software applications. Please keep a copy of your answers for your records.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Final Examination - 68%
A final exam will be scheduled during the ANU end-of-semester examination period, and will be delivered online via the class Wattle site. The exam will cover all the material that was presented throughout the course, and will be held over a 4 hour period. Further details will be given on Wattle by week 10.
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Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory
Dr Ronald Stauber