APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2013/2014
EXC 3520 Microeconomics
Responsible for the course
Department of Economics
According to study plan
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.
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.
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.
Pindyck, Robert S., Daniel L. Rubinfeld. 2013. Microeconomics. 8th ed. Pearson Prentice Hall. Selected parts
- Introduction to microeconomic analysis
- Demand, supply and market equilibrium
- The budget constraint and consumer preferences
- Effects of changes in price and income levels
- Demand functions and elasticities
- Production theory
- The optimal use of input factors
- The cost of production
- The profit objective
- Perfect competition
- Effects of taxation
- Game theory
- Market forms and resource allocation.
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.
Recommended use of hours for students:
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A five-hour individual written examitation concludes the course.
EXC 35202 – 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
A re-sit examnination is offered every term.
Re-sit students must take the exam in EXC 35202 as of 2013-2014. There will be no continuation of previous exam code EXC 35201.