School Of Business

Microeconomic Theory and ApplicationsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 200530.3

Discipline: ECONOMICS

Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
200058 - Industry Economics and Policy

200525 Principles of Economics OR 200052 Introduction to Economic Methods

About this Unit
In 2016, this unit replaced by 200923 - Corporations, Economic Power and Policy. The aim of Microeconomic Theory and Applications is to extend students’ knowledge of microeconomic theory developed in Principles of Economics. After a more formal presentation, the rather idealistic assumptions used in the context of the perfectly competitive markets will be relaxed in order to model typical situations encountered in the business world. The theory of choice will be extended to situations where individuals face uncertainty regarding the outcome of their own actions. In terms of market structure, we will investigate the consequences in terms of price, quantity and consumer’s surplus, of monopoly, oligopoly or duopoly markets. As some of these market structures imply that the individuals’ decisions might strongly affect or be affected by a limited number of other decision makers, an introduction to Game Theory will be presented. Finally, our concerns for investigating more realistic economic situations will lead us to make a brief incursion into markets characterised by asymmetric information, the presence of public goods or the existence of externalities.

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