• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics, Applied Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Paul Burke
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

This course will explore decision-making by individuals and firms in the context of real-world situations in which behaviour is often strategic in nature and information is imperfect. The course covers a set of key topics in microeconomics, including game theory, decision making under uncertainty, monopoly, imperfect competition, situations of asymmetric information, and an introduction to behavioural economics. A range of policy options available to governments will be analysed.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the implications of relaxing the assumptions of perfect competition, certainty, and full information on market outcomes within basic microeconomic models.
  2. Understand and apply key tools for analysing the microeconomics of uncertainty, imperfect competition, asymmetric information, and behavioural economics.
  3. Competently use graphs, algebra, and game theory for microeconomic analysis.
  4. Know which tools are best suited to specific contexts in microeconomics.
  5. Analyse potential policy interventions to deal with issues related to uncertainty, imperfect competition, asymmetric information, and behavioural economics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Mid-semester exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Group problem set (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Contribution to class discussion forum (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Prescribed Texts

Nicholson, W & Snyder, C 2021, Intermediate Microeconomics and its Application, 13th edn, Cengage Learning.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge in calculus and optimisation is essential. Students are assumed to be concurrently enrolled in or to have already completed IDEC8016 or equivalent.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2348 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A
3932 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 Online N/A

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