Intermediate Microeconomics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intermediate Microeconomics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECON 130; QUAN 111 (or MATH 141/142, 151)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course in intermediate microeconomic analysis includes demand theory and applications of consumer behaviour, analysis of market structures, strategic behaviour, introductory welfare economics and analysis of public goods and externalities.

    Course Learning Objectives
    C1 articulate the principles of decision making and resource allocation under scarcity;
    C2 apply microeconomic techniques to seemingly separate areas of economics;
    C3 explain the principles of consumer choice;
    C4 describe the concept of technology and production costs;
    C5 analyse the behaviour of perfectly competitive firms;
    C6 derive and comment on equilibria in simple game-theoretic models of oligopoly;
    C7 identify profit maximising pricing strategies for monopolists adopting a range of approaches such as market separation, two-part pricing and bundling;
    C8 explain market failures due to externalities and public goods;
    C9 discuss the normative and ethical foundations of economic analyis

    Two Assignments 20%
    Mid-trimester Test 20%
    Two-Hour Final Exam 60%

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