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EC335: Managerial Economics

  • Isleide Zissimos

    Module Leader
  • Andreas Markoulakis

    Module Lecturer
12/15 CATS - Department of Economics
Summer Module
Spring Module

Principal Aims

This module uses traditional economic tools, for example theory of markets and game theory, to teach the students to identify profitable decisions. When a bad decision is made by a manager, we explore its possible sources, which can include: (1) The manager was the wrong person to take the decision. (2) The manager did not have enough information to make a good decision. (3) The manager had an incentive to take the wrong decision. The economic tools help the students to develop a view on the appropriate way to tackle these issues, which can be, for example, either to change the decision-maker, or to change the information flow, or to change the incentives in the business organisation.

Principal Learning Outcomes

12 CATS

Subject knowledge and understanding:…understand key concepts in Managerial Economics, such as market structures, game theory, imperfect information, principal-agent problems. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, Reading, Exercise question sheets, Tutorial discussions, Essay. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers, Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

Subject knowledge and understanding:…demonstrate knowledge of economic trends, institutions and policies, especially in the context of business and industry-related problems and issues. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Exercise question sheets, Essay, Tutorial discussions and presentations. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers; Essay, Summative: Summer Examination.

Subject knowledge and understanding:…abstract and simplify basic economic problems through the application of simple theoretical models.

Key Skills:…communicate knowledge and understanding of economics in written, spoken, graphical and in appropriate mathematical forms. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Exercise question sheets, Essay, Tutorial discussions and presentations. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers, Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

Cognitive Skills:…analyse competing models and hypotheses in a critical way. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Exercise question sheets, Essay. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Essay, Summative: Summer Examination.

Key Skills:…present the output of their own work to an audience. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Tutorial discussions and presentations. Exercise question sheets, Essay. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Tutorial presentations.

Key Skills:…conduct individual research into an Economic topic, using world wide web and library resources. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers, Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

Cognitive Skills:…analyse and formulate models for understanding and solving problems. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Exercise question sheets, Essay, Tutorial discussions and presentations. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers, Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

Subject-Specific/Professional Skills:…select and apply appropriate economic models and techniques to particular problems especially relating to business and industry.

Subject-Specific/Professional Skills:…produce concise and analytical reports relating to economic problems and issues. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Essay, Tutorial presentations. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

15 CATS

Subject knowledge and understanding:…understand key concepts in Managerial Economics, such as market structures, game theory, imperfect information, principal-agent problems. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, Reading, Exercise question sheets, Tutorial discussions, Essay. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers, Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

Subject knowledge and understanding:…demonstrate knowledge of economic trends, institutions and policies, especially in the context of business and industry-related problems and issues. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Exercise question sheets, Essay, Tutorial discussions and presentations. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers; Essay, Summative: Summer Examination.

Subject knowledge and understanding:…abstract and simplify basic economic problems through the application of simple theoretical models.

Key Skills:…communicate knowledge and understanding of economics in written, spoken, graphical and in appropriate mathematical forms. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Exercise question sheets, Essay, Tutorial discussions and presentations. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers, Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

Cognitive Skills:…analyse competing models and hypotheses in a critical way. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Exercise question sheets, Essay. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Essay, Summative: Summer Examination.

Key Skills:…present the output of their own work to an audience. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Tutorial discussions and presentations. Exercise question sheets, Essay. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Tutorial presentations.

Key Skills:…conduct individual research into an Economic topic, using world wide web and library resources. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers, Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

Cognitive Skills:…analyse and formulate models for understanding and solving problems. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Exercise question sheets, Essay, Tutorial discussions and presentations. The assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Exercise question sheet answers, Essay; Summative: Summer Examination.

Subject-Specific/Professional Skills:…select and apply appropriate economic models and techniques to particular problems especially relating to business and industry.

Subject-Specific/Professional Skills:...produce concise and analytical reports relating to economic problems and issues. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Essay, Tutorial presentations. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Formative: Essay; Summative: Summer Examination..

Syllabus

12 CATS

1. Competitive Markets: (a) Review of Supply, Demand and Market Equilibrium. (b) Welfare Properties of Competitive Markets.

2. Market Structures: (a) Monopoly and Monopoly Pricing. (b) Oligopoly, Quantity Setting and Pricing Models, First Mover Advantage.

3. Game Theory: (a) Introduction to Game Theory, Nash Equilibrium. (b) Simultaneous and Sequential Games. (c) Classical Games and Applications.

4. Internal Organisation: (a) The Theory of the Firm, Transaction Costs, Make vs. Buy, Incomplete Contracts. (b) The Principal-Agent Problem, Incentive Contracts, Uncertainty and Risk-Aversion.

5. Asymmetric Information: (a) Moral Hazard with Applications to Finance. (b) Adverse Selection, The Lemons Problem, Herding.

15 CATS

1. Competitive Markets: (a) Review of Supply, Demand and Market Equilibrium. (b) Welfare Properties of Competitive Markets.

2. Market Structures: (a) Monopoly and Monopoly Pricing. (b) Oligopoly, Quantity Setting and Pricing Models, First Mover Advantage.

3. Game Theory: (a) Introduction to Game Theory, Nash Equilibrium. (b) Simultaneous and Sequential Games. (c) Classical Games and Applications.

4. Internal Organisation: (a) The Theory of the Firm, Transaction Costs, Make vs. Buy, Incomplete Contracts. (b) The Principal-Agent Problem, Incentive Contracts, Uncertainty and Risk-Aversion.

5. Asymmetric Information: (a) Moral Hazard with Applications to Finance. (b) Adverse Selection, The Lemons Problem, Herding.

Context

Optional Module
RN21 - Year 3, MN31 - Year 3, MN32 - Year 3, MN32 - Year 4, MN34 - Year 3, MN34 - Year 4, MN35 - Year 3, MN35 - Year 4, MN36 - Year 4, MN36 - Year 5, MN37 - Year 4, MN37 - Year 5, N140 - Year 4, N1R1 - Year 4, N1R2 - Year 4, N1R3 - Year 4, N1R4 - Year 4, N201 - Year 3, N202 - Year 4, N203 - Year 4, NN35 - Year 3, NN36 - Year 4
Pre or Co-requisites

12 CATS - This module is not available for Economics students. Any student who is NOT registered for BSc Management, BSc Accounting and Finance International Business, International Management, or Law and Business cannot take this module.

Summary:

Modules: EC131-15 and (EC229-15 or EC229-12)

15 CATS - This module is not available for Economics students.

Summary:

Modules: EC131-15 and (EC229-15 or EC229-12)

Restrictions
May not be combined with modules

Assessment

Assessment Method
12 CATS - Coursework (40%) + Online Examination (60%) 15 CATS - Coursework (50%) + Online Examination (50%)
Coursework Details
12 CATS: Group Project (40%) , Online Examination (60%)
15 CATS: Assignment (10%) , Group Project (40%) , Online Examination (50%)
Exam Timing
Summer

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 Hours

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