Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Area of Study
Business Administration, Economics, International Business, International Economics
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewCOMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS.KnowledgeThe objective of this course is to provide the students with the concepts and economic models thatallow them to understand the financial markets in an environment with uncertainty on the future statesof nature. It also aims to evaluate the consequences of uncertainty on the welfare of the agents. At theend of the course the student will be able:a) To know the fundamentals of the competitive markets and the Welfare Theorems.b) To understand the basic ideas in an economy with uncertainty.c) To apply the principles learned in the course to understand their behavior in a framework withuncertainty and risk.d) To understand the functioning of sequential markets.e) To understand the implications of both complete and incomplete markets.f) To understand the instruments that allow agents to hedge risk and future uncertainty.SkillsAlong the course the following skills will be required:a) To propose, analyze and solve formal models.b) To use the conclusions of a mathematical model to make a decision.c) To search for the pertinent literature and documents when facing an economic problem.d) To discriminate among the different pieces of information when solving a problem.e) To resolve complex problems.f) To be able to work in groups and share the different tasks among its members to achieve acommon objective.AptitudesAfter taking the course the student should have acquired:a) A critical perspective about the limitations and applicability of the economic models with timeand uncertainty.b) A capacity to take an initiative to modify and adapt the existent models to a new situation.c) A collaborative aptitude within a team in order to obtain the information needed to achieve thefinal goal.DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMMEThe objective of this course is to provide the student with a formal introduction to market and sequential economicswith uncertainty.The program has three parts:Part I: General Equilibrium and Welfare Economies: Pure exchange economies with perfect competition. Welfaretheorems.Part II: Asset markets: Financial economies with two periods and uncertainty over the states of nature of thesecond period. Markets can be complete or incomplete. Equilibrium concepts for the asset market economy.Conditions of no-arbitrage.Part III: Risk and Uncertainty: Preferences over lotteries: The expected Utility Theorem. Applications. Riskattitudes: risk aversion and risk neutrality. Stochastic Dominance.Página 1 de 2LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGYThe methodology will include:(1) In the theoretical classes the professor will present the material. Students will receive class notesand sheets of exercise. The students will have access to text books required in the course.(2) Discussion of real life cases related to the program.(3) Resolution of exercises by the students. These exercises will be useful for the student to evaluate hisknowledge and to acquire the necessary abilities of problem solving.(4) Correction of the exercises in class, discussion of the suggested problems and exchange of critical opinionsamong all participants in the class.ASSESSMENT SYSTEMThe continuous evaluation system will be based in the following criteria:a) Participation in class. Mostly, this evaluation will consist on the student¿s class interventions(related with the contents taught).b) Resolution of (practical) exercises.c) Final exam: 60%. The final exam is written and evaluates the student's knowledge of the course materialFirst attempt: The final grade is obtained using the continuous evaluation system. Extraordinary attempt: The final grade will be the maximum between the continuous evaluation and the grade obtained in the final exam. % end-of-term-examination: 60 % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals): 40
Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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