Microeconomic Theory

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Microeconomic Theory

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Economics, International Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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


    The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the methodology for the analysis of equilibrium and efficiency in exchange economies, in production economies and in environments with externalities. To reach this goal students need to master a set of analytical tools, develop a set of skills and reach an analytical proficiency that are described in the following. (i) Students will need to master the concepts of equilibrium and efficiency, will understand their use in economic analysis and will comprehend how to apply them to analyze economic problems; (ii) In terms of specific abilities, students will be able to carry out formal analyses of economic problems; (iii) In terms of general abilities, students will develop their analytical ability ad their abilities to carry out critical analyses. (iv) Students will finally need to reach sufficient proficiency in the solution of complex problems.


    1. Equilibrium and efficiency in competitive models:
    (a) partial equilibrium and general equilibrium;
    (b) equilibrium and efficiency in exchange economies;
    (c) First and Second Welfare Theorems;
    (d) equilibrium and efficiency in production economies.
    2. Externalities:
    (a) public responses to externalities;
    (b) private responses to externalities;
    (c) Coase Theorem.
    References: (i) W. Nicholson, Microeconomic Theory, Thomson, 10th Edition, 2008. (ii) J. Hey, Intermediate Microeconomics, McGraw-Hill, 1st Edition, 2003. (iii) R.S. Pindyck, D.L. Rubinfeld, Microeconomics, 7th Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2008. (iv) H. Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics, Norton, 7th Edition, 2005.


    Teaching methodology includes:
    -Lectures in which the analytical tools will be presented and discussed. Students will need to make extensive use of references to assist their learning as well as to delve deeper into the issues and problems which interest them most.
    -Discussion sections in which the resolution of problems and the discussion of example will make it possible to fully comprehend the analytical Tools presented in the lectures.
    -Quizzes that will be used to assess the learning process.

    The evaluation depends on continuing evaluation (40%) and the final exam (60%).

Course Disclaimer

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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