Microeconomics (2016/2017)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Tamara Fioroni
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    Teaching is organised as follows:
    Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
    lezione 7 primo semestre triennali Tamara Fioroni, Angelo Zago
    esercitazione 2 primo semestre triennali Tamara Fioroni

    Lesson timetable

    primo semestre triennali
    Activity Day Time Type Place Note
    lezione Tuesday 1:45 PM - 4:15 PM lesson Lecture Hall Auditorium  
    lezione Wednesday 3:40 PM - 6:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall Auditorium  
    lezione Friday 8:15 AM - 9:55 AM lesson Lecture Hall Auditorium  

    Learning outcomes

    The aim of the course is to provide appropriate analytical tools for understanding and interpreting the choices of consumption and production in different institutional contexts. The teaching methodology consists of theoretical lectures and tutorials.


    Textbook (recommended): "Microeconomia" by Hal R. Varian, Cafoscarina, 2007.
    Additional material is available on the e-learning website.

    The following program refers to the sixth edition of the textbook (2007).
    Consumer Theory:
    • Budget constraint (Varian, Chapter 2).
    • Preferences and indifference curves (Varian, Chapter 3).
    • Utility (Varian, Chapter 4).
    • Choice (Varian, Chapter 5).
    • Demand (Varian, Chapter 6).
    • Slutsky equation (Varian, Chapter 8).
    • Buying and selling (Varian, Chapter 9).
    • Intertemporal Choice (Varian, Chapter 10).
    • Choice under uncertainty (Varian, Chapter 12).
    • Consumer's Surplus (Varian, Chapter 14).
    • Market demand and elasticity (Varian, Chapter 15).
    • Equilibrium (Varian, Chapter 16).

    Production Theory:
    • Technology (Varian, Chapter 18).
    • Profit maximization (Varian, Chapter 19).
    • Cost minimization (Varian, Chapter 20).
    • Cost Curves (Varian, Chapter 21).

    Market structure:
    • Perfect competition in the short and the long term (Varian, Chapters 22 and 23).
    • Monopoly (Varian, Chapter 24).
    • Monopoly behavior (Varian, Chapter 25).
    • Oligopoly (Varian, Chapter 27).

    • Nash equilibrium and Game Theory (Varian, Chapter 28).
    • Exchange (Varian, Chapter 31).
    • Asymmetric Information (Varian, Chapter 37).

    Assessment methods and criteria

    There will be an intermediate written exam (about halfway through the semester) lasting 75 minutes. This exam focuses on the topics covered up to that point. It consists of a test of 16 multiple-choice questions (some of which will take the form of exercises).

    The mid-term exam is optional. The score of the mid-term exam will count 50% of the final score. The aim of the intermediate exam is to encourage the students to a systematic study.

    The final exam follows the same procedures as the intermediate exam: it consists of a test of 16 multiple-choice questions.

    In both the intermediate and final exams, a wrong answer in the multiple-choice questions will have a negative score.