Advanced Microeconomics

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Microeconomics

  • Host University

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

  • Location

    Milan, Italy

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students are supposed to master the standard analytical tools learned in an undergraduate microeconomics course. The following topics are particularly relevant: the theory of individual choice under uncertainty (expected utility, risk aversion) and in a strategic context (Nash equilibrium); the theory of market structure under perfect competition and monopoly.

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.5 - 4
  • Overview

    The objective of this course is the microeconomic analysis of financial markets and institutions. The focus is primarily on the asymmetric information approach. Students will learn the analytical tools needed to solve problems with moral hazard and adverse selection. They will also apply such tools to the analysis of issues related to credit and insurance markets.

    The course should enable students to answer theoretical questions and to solve exercises related to the following topics:

    Contract theory:

    • The principal-agent model with moral hazard;
    • The principal-agent model with adverse selection.
    • Insurance markets.
    • The lender-borrower relationship: risk-taking incentives.
    Financial intermediation:
    • banks as delegated monitors;
    • credit rationing & the role of collateral;
    • liquidity risk and regulation: lender of last resort, deposit insurance.

    • I. MACHO-STADLER AND PÉREZ-CASTRILLO: "An introduction to the economics of information", Oxford University Press, 2001 (second edition). Chapters: 1, 2, 3 (only 3.1-3.2-3.3-3A.3-3B.3), 4 (only 4.1-4.2-4.3-4B.1).
    • X. FREIXAS AND J.-C. ROCHET: "Microeconomics of banking", MIT Press, 2008 (second edition). Chapters: 2 (only 2.1-2.2-2.3-2.4), 5, 7.

    Lessons and exercises solved together with the teacher in classrooms.

    Written examinations (exercises and theory questions).

Course Disclaimer

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