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Unit information: Advanced Microeconomics in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Microeconomics
Unit code EFIM30009
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Giovannoni
Open unit status Not open

EFIM20033 Intermediate Microeconomics



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit develops information economics and introduces mechanism design. Topics covered include dynamic incentive problems, bargaining, incentives in teams, mechanism design, auctions and matching markets.

The aims of the unit are:

  • To discuss a range of standard economic problems such as market design, bidding in auctions, bargaining, contracting in teams and dynamic contracting;
  • To develop further tools and economic concepts introduced in previous microeconomic units and introduce new tools and concepts at the frontier of modern microeconomics research;
  • To introduce new game-theoretic methods.
  • To emphasize modern approaches to modelling in microeconomics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students should have a good understanding of many issues at the frontier of modern microeconomics.

They will be able to analyse a range of decision-theoretic situations by appropriate selection and application of microeconomic models.

They will be able to explain the uses and limitations of the models discussed in the unit.

They will be able to answer interpretive and problem-based questions on:

  • Mechanism design and Implementation;
  • Bargaining under complete and incomplete information;
  • Auctions with private and common values;
  • Dynamic contract theory;
  • Incentive issues in teams;
  • Contractual incompleteness;
  • Alternative methods for the valuation of environmental goods

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Information

online examination (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
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