30419 - COMPUTATIONAL MICROECONOMICS - MODULE 2 (MECHANISM DESIGN)
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 25
To feel comfortable in this course, students should be familiar with basic game theory concepts.
The course provides an introduction to the theory of incentives and contracts which has become an indispensable part of economics since its inaugural steps in the 1960s. Students are introduced to fundamental tools of theory accompanied with applications and examples varying from spectrum auctions to college admissions. The course aims at developing abstract strategic thinking needed for understanding many economic environments and situations.
- Market for Lemons,
Asymmetric Information in Financial Markets:
- Asymmetric Information in Credit Markets,
- Financial Contracting.
- Selling a Good.
- Introduction to Auctions,
- Revenue Equivalence,
- Optimal Auction Design,
- Multi-Unit Auctions.
- One-to-one Mathcing,
- National Resident Matching Program,
- Assignment Problems,
- Kidney Exchange.
- Identify an incomplete information environment.
- Distinguish between moral hazard and adverse selection.
- Define a game that models the interaction under consideration.
- Illustrate a contract that alleviates the underlying conflict of interest.
- Derive or compute equilibria of economic mechanisms.
- Design optimal selling mechanisms in various environments.
- Construct a contract that aligns incentives.
- Identify whether a matching algorithm is stable.
- Propose a matching algorithm that satisfies certain criteria.
- Critically asses a strategic interaction and model it.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Online lectures
- Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
- Individual assignments
In addition to face-to-face lectures, the students are given exercises to solve. Those exercises allow students to apply the analytical tools learned during the course.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
The students’ assessment is based on written exam(s).
- The written exam(s) consists of exercises and open questions aimed at assessing students’ ability to apply the analytical tools illustrated during the course.
- Students can take a partial written exam and the final written exam at the end of the course. In this case, the weight is 50% for the partial exam and 50% for the end of term exam. Alternatively, students can take a written exam that accounts for 100% of the final grade.
There are no mandatory textbooks for the course. Students will be provided with lecture notes/slides and the list of further readings that can help with studying.