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Course 2015-2016 a.y.

20296 - ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS


CLMG - M - IM - MM - AFC - CLAPI - CLEFIN-FINANCE - CLELI - ACME - DES-ESS - EMIT
Department of Economics

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 31

CLMG (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - M (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - IM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - MM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - AFC (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - CLAPI (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - CLEFIN-FINANCE (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - CLELI (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - ACME (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - DES-ESS (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - EMIT (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01)
Course Director:
NICOLA PAVONI

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: NICOLA PAVONI


Course Objectives

Most of the topics covered in the course have been developed by Nobel Memorial Prize laureates. You will learn about some of the most important contributions to market design by Lloyd S. Shapley and Alvin E. Roth (Nobel Prize winners 2012) and by J. Tirole (2014), to mechanism design by Leonid Hurwicz, Eric S. Maskin and Roger B. Myerson (2007), to asymmetric information by George A. Akerlof, Michael Spence, Joseph E. Stiglitz (2001) and William Vickrey (1996).

This course introduces the student to two advanced topics in Microeconomics: asymmetric information and general equilibrium with time and uncertainty. The goal is to provide students with the analytical tools required to read and understand the current economic literature and its debates.


Course Content Summary
  • General equilibrium in exchange economies.
  • Pareto optimality and Welfare Theorems.
  • General Eequilibrium with time and uncertainty.
  • Introduction to asset pricing.
  • Hidden information: screening.
  • Hidden action: moral hazard.
  • Introduction to Signaling and Competitive Screening.
  • Dynamic contracts and Auctions.
  • Applications to optimal income taxation and financial contracting.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
Written Exam.

Textbooks
Examination is based on topics and exercises presented during the course. References are:

  • P. BOLTON, M. DEWATRIPONT, Contract Theory, MIT press.
  • J.H. COCHRANE, Asset Pricing, Princeton University press.
  • J.J. LAFFONT, D. MARTIMORT, The Theory of Incentives, Princeton University press.
  • I. MACHO-STADLER, J.D. PEREZ-CASTILLO, An Introduction to the Economics of Information: Incentives and Contracts, Oxford University press.
  • M.D. MAS-COLELL, M. WHINSTON, J.R. GREEN, Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University press.
  • B. SALANIE, The Economics of Contracts, MIT press.
  • Slides and other teaching material are distributed during the course.
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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