Economic Design

Subject ECON40006 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two hours of lectures and a 1-hour workshop or tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

316-338 Mathematical Economics and 316-402 Advanced Microeconomics

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.
Non Allowed Subjects: Students may not gain credit for both 316-408 Economic Design and 316-684 Economic Design.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Ms Svetlana Danilkina


Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to economic design, the interaction of modern economic theory, economic policy and experimental economics. The subject will cover mechanism design, auction theory, contract theory, and the fundamental results on the limits to efficiency in asymmetric information environments. The theory will be illustrated with case studies of recent policy applications of economic design techniques.

Objectives: Information not available.

One 3-hour end-of-semester exam (80%), assignments and weekly problem sets not exceeding 2000 words (20%).

Prescribed Texts:

Putting Auction Theory to Work (P Milgrom), Cambridge University Press, 2004. B Salanie, The Economics of Contracts, MIT Press, 1997

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: problem solving; statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking.

  • Moderate level of development: accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

  • Some level of development: oral communication; written communication; collaborative learning; team work; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information.


Students may not gain credit for both 316-408 Economic Design and 316-684 Economic Design.

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