DRE 7044 Topics in Search Theory I

DRE 7044 Topics in Search Theory I

Course code: 
DRE 7044
Course coordinator: 
Espen Rasmus Moen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Topics in Search Theory I
Product category: 
PhD Economics courses
2023 Spring
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

The aim of the course is to give the students an introduction to search theory applied to the labour market and industrial organization, as well as other markets (money markets, housing markets, financial markets) on the discression of the instructor.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The course aims to take the students to the research frontier on topics related to search theorey with applications.

Learning outcomes - Skills

The students are expected to be able to construct and solve search models

General Competence

Understand how search frictions influence and shape price determination and the allocation of resources in markets.

Course content

The first part of the course goes through the DMP model of search in the labor market and competitive search equilibrium. The course then goes through the models of  retail market search. Finally,  applications to other markets are presented, like money markets,  housing markets, and  financial markets on the discression of the instructor. 

Teaching and learning activities

Students are required to participate in class both in discussions and by presenting models/material from the reading lists. 6 lecture hours will be used for exercises and for giving direct feedback to students. -

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

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Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
DRE 70441
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Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No30 Hour(s)Individual
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:30 Hour(s)
Exam code:DRE 70441
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
Group work / Assignments
35 Hour(s)
Specified learning activities (including reading).
Student's own work with learning resources
35 Hour(s)
Autonomous student learning (including exam preparation).
15 Hour(s)
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 3 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 80 hours.