- Class Number 2750
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Ronald Stauber
- Dr Ronald Stauber
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
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.
The course covers concepts, methodologies and techniques that form the foundation of modern research in all fields of economics.
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 from the ANU Library. A Library reading list that includes further information on availability and access methods for these references will be linked from the class Wattle site.
Students will be given feedback in the form of verbal feedback during lectures and tutorials, as well as individual feedback and help with lecture material, quiz questions and tutorial problems, 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|
|12||Efficient mechanisms; Correlated equilibrium|
No tutorial registration is required for this course.
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Weekly Quizzes - 32%||32 %||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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See information above in Assessment Task 2.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Weekly Quizzes - 32%
Weekly quizzes will be administered via the course Wattle site, with the exception of week 1 of the semester. The 8 highest marks out of these 11 quizzes, will be used to compute the 32% quiz component of your final grade. The due dates and times for the quizzes will be posted on Wattle. The quizzes will in general be due before the start of each week's tutorial (e.g., the first quiz, which covers topics related to Lecture 1 and the associated tutorial problems, will be due before the first tutorial, in week 2). Quiz questions will be made available on Wattle four (4) days before their respective due dates, and solutions to the questions will have to be submitted via Wattle during this 4-day time window (no further temporal access restrictions will be imposed, so you can submit, or resubmit, your solutions to the quiz questions at any time during the 4-day availability period). Quizzes may include multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, short typed-answer questions, or questions that require handwritten solutions to be scanned in pdf format and uploaded on Wattle. Late submission of answers to quizzes will NOT be accepted, as the solutions may be discussed in class after the submission deadline. Quiz marks will be released on Wattle after the quizzes are graded, approximately one week after the submission dates.
Assessment Task 2
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. The exam will cover all the material that was presented throughout the course, and will be held over a time period of 3 to 4 hours. The tutorial problems and quiz questions will provide students with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the style of questions that will be included in the final exam.
Given the relatively small class size, if all enrolled students are present on campus, we will investigate the possibility of holding in-person exams. If this is not possible, the final exam will be delivered online via the class Wattle site, and may be invigilated via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, thus requiring a stable and reliable internet connection, as well as a functioning video camera.
Further information on exam content, format, and submission requirements will be discussed in lecture and provided on Wattle by week 10.
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Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory
Dr Ronald Stauber
Dr Ronald Stauber