Subject ECON90002 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures, seminars and tutorial groups totalling 4 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


Completion of 100 points in the Master of Economics, a major sequence in economics or a cognate discipline will normally be required before this subject is taken.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

The subject is an advanced treatment of the Economics of Information and Game Theory. Students study the foundations of consumer and producer theory. Game theoretic interpretations of equilibrium are introduced including those appropriate for asymmetric situations. The concept of a Bayesian Nash equilibrium is applied to models of moral hazard and adverse selection and provides an introduction to auction theory and mechanism design.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the standard competitive model;
  • Explain the limitations of the standard competitive model;
  • Interpret equilibrium using concepts drawn from game theory;
  • Use the competitive model to analyse economic policy issues;
  • Explain the mathematical concepts that are required for advanced microeconomics.
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (60%);
  • 1.5-hour mid-semester test (20%); and
  • Four 750-word class assignments (5% each) due every third week of semester
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students will have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Problem solving skills
Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Business and Economics
Master of Commerce (Accounting)
Master of Commerce (Finance)
Master of Economics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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