MICROECONOMICS

MICROECONOMICS

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Code
57027
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
10 credits during the 1st year of 8776 POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ADMINISTRATION (L-36) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SECS-P/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ADMINISTRATION)
semester
1° Semester
Prerequisites
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course covers the fundamental concepts of microeconomics.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course must provide students with the basic tools allowing them to understand the specific fields of economic policy, public economics, public choices, economics of family and culture, industrial economics, which they will learn in their cursus.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to teach the theory of rational choice of economic agents and its outcomes in an economy characterized by different forms of competition (perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly ...). On this basis, students can better understand the content of macroeconomics, economic policy, public economics.

Knowledge and understanding Students must obtain adequate knowledge and effective understanding of the main conceptual categories of modern microeconomics

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding Students must be able to apply the acquired knowledge in the analysis of the behavior of the private and public agents in the different market form

Autonomous judgment Students should be able to use the acquired knowledge with autonomous assessment skills, realizing the possibility and the limits to represent rationally the different economic behaviors.

Communication skills The discipline has a specific technical language, which is found mostly in all economic disciplines; students must master it.

Learning skills: Students must learn the basics of the technical language of microeconomics, even in its forms of geometric and algebraic language, and show that they know how to use it.

PREREQUISITES

A solid preparation acquired in the « Scuola Secondaria Superiore » and the habit of assiduous study conducted with an active attitude are indispensable prerequisites, which should be met by all the students who have obtained a « Diploma di Maturità » or a recognized equivalent title and choose to continue their studies

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises with the active participation of students.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Short review of the basics of algebra and geometry

Compatibility between individual choices and well-being

Fundations of the choices under uncertainty

Consumer's behavior

Entrepreneur's behavior

Competitive market

Monopoly and oligopoly

Externalities and information asymmetries

Social preferences

Applications of what has been learned

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Italo LAVANDA, Giorgio RAMPA, Microeconomia: scelte individuali e benessere sociale, Roma, , Carocci, 2015

Any other readings will be indicated in class and on aulaweb, which I suggest to consult regularly.

Upon request, texts in English or in French will be indicated.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: The time of receiving is at the end of each lesson in the same classroom, with reference to the scheduled times of Economics 57027 (1st semester) and History of economic thought (2nd semester) It is always possible (and hoped) to arrange an appointment via e-mail and this is the procedure that I normally follow with the students

Exam Board

RICCARDO SOLIANI (President)

ENRICO IVALDI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises with the active participation of students.

LESSONS START

The course takes place in the first semester, according to the calendar that will be communicated by the Department. There are 6 hours per week for a total of 60 hours

EXAMS

Exam description

Written test

Assessment methods

The written exam consists of exercises and questions open, but on specific points, or closed (multiple choice; true or false). The exam is intended to ensure that the content is assimilated by the student, as regards: the definition of the conceptual categories; the technical aspects of the discipline; the ability to apply what they learned to concrete cases.

On request, one can take the test in English or French.

On request, English textbooks can be indicated.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
10/02/2020 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
29/05/2020 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
26/06/2020 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
24/07/2020 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
11/09/2020 14:00 GENOVA Scritto

FURTHER INFORMATION

https://unige.it/off.f/2015/cds/8776.html