EXC 3520 Microeconomics


EXC 3520 Microeconomics

Responsible for the course
Christian Riis

Department of Economics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

Microeconomics deals with the behaviour of individual economic units, such as consumers, workers, investors, owners of land and business firms. Microeconomics explains how these units make economic decisions. Another important concern of microeconomics is how these economic units interact in markets and in industries.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
Students will be trained in the systematic analysis of consumer and firm behaviour in various market situations, and shall learn to understand the efficiency of resource use given different market forms (perfect competition, monopoly and monopolistic competition). The exam contains more formal optimization problems than is customary in a standard course at "principles" level at a US university.

Acquired skills
Students shall be able to solve basic microeconomic optimization problems, and to understand the main principles of economic modelling.
Students will be able to reason based on graphs and standard optimization problems, where the Lagrangian technique is mentioned, and they will develop both intuition and technical skills during the course.

Students will be encouraged to reflect on and distinguish between the impact market changes have on efficency versus their distributive effects, and to be conscious the distinction between efficiency goals and other considerations not captured by the market analysis.

EXC 2910 Mathematics or equivalent.
Microeconomics is the standard introductory course in microeconomics. Algebra and elementary calculus are required as a background for students taking this course - up to and including partial derivatives.

Compulsory reading
Pindyck, Robert S., Daniel L. Rubinfeld. 2012. Microeconomics. 8th ed. Pearson Prentice Hall. Selected parts

Recommended reading

Course outline
  1. Introduction to microeconomic analysis
  2. Demand, supply and market equilibrium
  3. Consumer behaviour
    • The budget constraint and consumer preferences
    • Effects of changes in price and income levels
    • Demand functions and elasticities
  4. Firm behaviour
    • Production theory
    • The optimal use of input factors
    • The cost of production
    • The profit objective
  5. Market theory
    • Perfect competition
    • Effects of taxation
    • Monopoly
    • Oligopoly
    • Game theory
  6. Market forms and resource allocation.

Computer-based tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Learning process and workload
The course comprises 36 hours of teaching and 6 hours of review of exercises and discussions in class.

Coursework requirements
Three (3) compulsory assignments will be given during the course. To be able to attend the final exam at least two (2) of the assignments must be approved by the lecturer. A minimum level of performance will be demanded for the exercises to be passed (e.g. a minimum number of questions must be correctly answered). Further information will be given in the lectures and through It's learning.

Review of exercises
Work on compulsory assignments
Student preparations
Independent study
Recommended use of time

    Coursework requirements
    There are 3 mandatory exercises during the semester of which 2 must be approved by the lecturer in order for the student to attend final exam. See Learning process and workload.

    A five-hour individual written examitation concludes the course.

    Examination code(s)
    EXC 35201 – written examination accounts for 100% of the grade in the course EXC 3520 Microeconomics, 7.5 credits.

    Examination support materials
    BI-approved exam calculator. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS BA II Plus™
    One bilingual dictionary may also be used at written examiniations. Support materials permitted at written examiniations are explained under exam information in our web-based Student handbook. Please note use of calculator and dictionary. http://www.bi.edu/studenthandbook/examaids

    Re-sit examination
    A re-sit examnination is offered every term.
    Students who have not received passing marks for two of the three assignments must retake the assignments during the next scheduled course. Students that have not passed the written exam or who wish to improve their grade must retake the exam in connection with the next scheduled course.

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