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2014/2015  BA-BPOLO1289U  Microeconomics

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Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Steffen Andersen - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 02-07-2014
Learning objectives
  • Explain basic economic terminology (as e.g. opportunity costs) in a comprehensive and intuitive way.
  • Describe and justify the main assumptions behind simple economic models as e.g. the demand and supply model, the perfect competition model, the monopoly model, etc.
  • Illustrate diagrammatically these models and perform policy experiments (e.g. introducing taxes).
  • Derive numerically economic instruments and learn how to use them in practice (e.g. price elasticity, Lerner Index, etc.).
  • Solve algebraically simple microeconomic models in order to determine the equilibrium economic variables, and reflect on the solutions with a critical mind.
  • Use economic intuition to explain topical policy issues (e.g. why are housing taxes popular among economists?).
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Additional allowed aids
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • Notes brought by the examinee
  • Allowed calculators
  • Allowed bodies of laws
  • Allowed dictionaries
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure
This course provides an introduction to the functioning of economic markets: it describes what lies behind the notions of demand and supply. Emphasis is placed on the behavioural assumptions that generate demand for particular products, and on whether the producers of a particular product compete in a perfect or an imperfect way. We also explore important extensions to the basic model such as uncertainty and asymmetric information. The main blocks of the curriculum are:
Supply and Demand; Consumer theory: preferences, rationality assumptions, budgetary constraints; Extensions: Uncertainty and information economics, Producer theory: production and costs functions; Market structure: perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly.
Teaching methods
Lectures and Exercises.
Last updated on 02-07-2014