TOPICS IN MICROECONOMIC THEORY - 2021/2
Module code: ECOD019
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The module reviews recent developments in Microeconomics, with an emphasis on Consumer Choice Theory and Welfare measurement and a focus on extensions to standard neoclassical theory (Behavioural economics).
BLOW Laura (Economics)
Number of Credits: 0
ECTS Credits: 0
Framework: FHEQ Level 8
JACs code: L120
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- Rational choice theory.
- Preference relations
- Utility representation
- Choice rules
- The consumer choice model.
- Revealed preference theory.
- Afriat’s Theorem (linear programming)
- Testing maximising behaviour
- Empirical revealed preference
- power / predictive success
- goodness of fit
- nonparametric estimation
- Non-linear budget sets.
- Choice under uncertainty
- expected utility, subjective expected utility
- common behavioural violations of expected utility model.
- Behavioural models
- Prospect theory
- Reference dependence (and Kosegi & Rabin personal equilibrium)
- Probability weighting. Also rank dependent utility, cumulative prospect theory.
- Hyperbolic Discounting
- Prospect theory
- Models of household decision making
- Cooperative/non-cooperative bargaining, general “collective household” model.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||Individual Presentation (15 minutes)||50|
|Coursework||Individual Report (3000 words)||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate current literature and to show their understanding of the ideas and techniques covered in the module.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- A presentation on a research paper of the student’s choice.
- A written assignment from a choice of problems or essay type questions
Students will be assessed formatively through interactive teaching and learning methods and in office hours.
Students will receive verbal and written feedback on their presentation as well as on their coursework.
- Provide an overview of frontier topics of different models of consumer choice (static, dynamic, under uncertainty)
- Provide an overview of some basic tools for conducting research in (applied) microeconometric choice theory with a focus on testing different behavioural models
- Facilitate a critical evaluation of recent papers in the relevant literature.
|001||Understand key models of consumer behaviour and the history of their development.||KT|
|002||Understand important questions in current applied consumer theory and the methods used to test or estimate these models.||KCPT|
|003||Independently analyse research papers in the relevant area.||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 117
Lecture Hours: 33
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Give a broad but still focused overview of frontier topics in applied consumer theory and why they are important/interesting.
- Encourage an understanding of the historical path to current state-of-the-art research questions as a guide to how research develops.
- Enhance students’ skills in presenting their findings in verbal and written format (through discussions in lectures as well as the assignment).
- For students interested in this area of research, this course should also give many of the tools necessary to start an independent piece of research.
The learning and teaching methods include:
11 lectures combining presentations by the lecturer and discussion among the lecturer and students. Discussions will be a mixture of an assessment of papers assigned for reading prior to the lecture, and informal discussion designed to encourage students to comment and interact more spontaneously.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Economics PHD||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
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