GRA 6031 Microeconomics


GRA 6031 Microeconomics

Responsible for the course
Gisle James Natvik

Department of Economics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction


    Learning outcome
    The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the economics of monopoly, oligopoly, and competition, in order to demonstrate how microeconomic theory can facilitate private and public decision making.


    All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

    Compulsory reading
    Pepall, Lynne, Dan Richards and George Norman. 2014. Industrial organization : contemporary theory and empirical application. 5th ed. Wiley

    During the course there may be hand-outs from Varian, Hal.R.2014, Intermediate Microeconomics with calculus. W.W.Norton&Company. There may also be other material on additional relevant for the course and the examination.

    Recommended reading

    Course outline
    - Competition and efficiency
    - Monopoly pricing and price discrimination
    - Oligopoly

    - Product differentiation
    - Asymmetric information

    - Vertical relations, contracts and mergers
    - Competition policy and antitrust

    - Auctions
    - Asset markets

    Computer-based tools
    Not applicable

    Learning process and workload
    A course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 160-180 hours.

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    Written exam 3 hours

    Form of assessment Weight Group size
    Written examination 3 hours 100% Individual

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    Examination code(s)
    GRA 60314 three hour written exam accounts for 100% of the final grade in GRA 6031

    Examination support materials
    BI approved exam calculator
    Bilingual dictionary

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    Re-sit examination
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