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Program

Updated A.Y. 2021-2022

Presentation

Microeconomics II deals with modelling strategic interactions among rational agents using logico-mathematical approach. Relevant economic examples of such interactions concern competition among firms, conflicts among nations, auctions and trading behavior in stock markets. The course tackles non-cooperative game theoretic analysis both for strategic and extensive form game. It deals with complete and incomplete informaiton settings and uses various examples that are framed in classical economic applications.

 

Programme of the course

Static games of complete Information: main solution concepts. Existence theorems.

Applications: models of imperfect competition.

Dynamic games of complete information. Representation through extensive form and backward induction. Subgame perfection.

Introduction to repeated games. Applications: bargaining models.

Games of incomplete information and Bayesian equilibria.

Applications: auctions, oligopoly models with incomplete informaion.

Adverse selection. Applications: Competitive screening and signalling in the labor market.

Moral hazard. Application: Strategic default  in financial markets and/or credit rationing.

 

Main references

R. Gibbons, “A Primer in Game Theory”, 1992, Pearson Education Limited.

Mas Colell A., Whinston M., and J. Green “Microeconomic Theory” , 1995, Oxford University Press.

Additional material provided during lectures. 

 

Pre-requisites: Notions of Mathematics and Probability. Microeconomics.

 

Knowledge and Understanding

The course provides the fundamental instruments to analyse strategic interactions that often appear in the contemporary economic debate. Students will be exposed to logico-mathematical thinking and rigorous development of line of thoughts. At the end of the course, students  will have acquired a good knowledge of non-cooperative game theory.