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EC314: Topics in Economic Theory

  • Sinem Hidir

    Module Leader
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

The module aims to introduce students to several related areas of active application of economic theory. The topics covered vary from year to year, but in recent years have concentrated on information economics and contractual economics, with the ultimate aim of bringing economic theory to bear on incentive problems and economic and policy mechanisms to address them.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding … demonstrate an appreciation of the use and limitations of economic theory and its methods in understanding the chosen topics and analysing important social and economic problems

Cognitive skills … convey and interpret material to a critical audience Demonstrate capacity of: (i) Analytical thinking, reasoning and application. (ii) Critical, creative and strategic thinking. (iii) Abstraction and Problem solving.

Subject-specific/professional skills the ability to absorb and analyse peer-reviewed literature


Economic Theory is very broad and covers topics such as information economics, contract theory, decision theory, social contracts and choice theory, to name a few. Each year, this module will cover a variety of topics within the broad area of economic theory: developing models, analysing them and looking at their applications and relevance. Two common topics include information economics and contract theory. Within these areas of economic theory, the topics may include Asymmetric Information, Moral hazard and Adverse Selection, Communication, Career Concerns, Incomplete Contracts and Institutional Design.


Optional Core Module
UEOS - Year 1
Optional Module
LM1D (LLD2) - Year 3, L116 - Year 3, V7ML - Year 3, LA99 - Year 3, L100 - Year 3, L1L8 - Year 3, R9L1 - Year 4, R3L4 - Year 4, R4L1 - Year 4, R2L4 - Year 4, R1L4 - Year 4, V7MM - Year 4, V7MP - Year 3, L1P5 - Year 1, L1PA - Year 1, V7MR - Year 3, LM1H - Year 4, GL12 - Year 4, GL11 - Year 3, L103 - Year 4, L117 - Year 4
Pre or Co-requisites
Pre-requisites: EC202 (with EC220 desirable) or EC204 (with EC220 desirable) or EC238 (with EC220 desirable).
Not available to non-final year students on Economics-based degrees.
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Spring term only (1 x 2 hour exam - 12 CATS) and in the Spring and Summer terms together (1 x 2 hour exam – 15 CATS)


Assessment Method
2 hour exam (100%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours.

Answer the ONE question in Section A (40 marks) and answer TWO questions from Section B (30 marks each). Answer Section A questions in one booklet and Section B questions in a separate booklet.

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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