Microeconomics (Competitive Markets and Government Policy)

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Microeconomics (Competitive Markets and Government Policy)

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Government, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Following on from EC101A, this module introduces students to some of the other core issues that affect the behaviour of economic agents. Topics to be analysed include: production; production costs; profit maximization; perfect competition; monopoly; oligopoly; monopolistic competition; government intervention; externalities; public goods.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Determine the explicit and implicit costs and benefits of economic behaviour.
    -Illustrate the conditions required for optimal decision making by economic agents.
    -Show how the optimal choices of economic agents are affected by whether they are operating in the short run or the long run.
    -Outline how the incentives of economic agents are affected by the market structure in which they operate.
    -Outline how market outcomes are affected by market structure.
    -Illustrate how market failure can occur and how market efficiency can be achieved.
    -Determine what private actions and public policies can be implemented to offset market failure.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    Continuous Assessment: 25%
    University scheduled written examination: 75%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Students will be required to undertake a multiple choice examination that is worth a minimum of 10% and a maximum of 20% of overall module marks. Students may be required to submit a maximum of two assignments, with a maximum combined weight of 10% of overall module marks. 5% of overall module marks will be awarded for attending a specific number of tutorials.

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