Basis of Microeconomics (2006/2007)

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Diego Lubian
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
lezione 4 SECS-P/01-ECONOMICS 1° sem lez Diego Lubian
esercitazione 1 SECS-P/01-ECONOMICS 1° sem lez Laura Magazzini

Learning outcomes

This course covers the major topics of standard microeconomic theory. Our analysis relies primarily on verbal, graphical, and algebraic explanations. This course offers a thorough grounding in the basic tools used throughout economic studies. The course emphasizes intuitive explanations and it is also useful for students studying other fields who want to understand the basic economics approach to addressing problems. It will provide familiarity with the language and discourse of economics and allow students to understand economic analyses of issues in other fields. They should be able to use this knowledge to answer questions and analyze real-world situations.


Topics covered in this course:
- Budget constraint (Varian, Ch. 2)
- Preferences (Varian, Ch. 3)
- Utility (Varian, Ch. 4)
- Choice (Varian, Ch. 5)
- Demand (Varian, Ch. 6)
- Consumer Surplus (Varian, Ch. 14)
- Market Demand (Varian, Ch. 15)
- Equilibrium (Varian, Ch. 16)
- Technology (Varian, Ch. 18)
- Profit Maximization (Varian, Ch. 19)
- Cost Minimization (Varian, Ch. 20)
- Cost Curves (Varian, Ch. 21)
- Firm Supply (Varian, Ch. 22)
- Industry Supply (Varian, Ch. 23)
- Monopoly (Varian, Ch. 24)
- Oligopoly (Varian, Ch. 27)
- Game Theory (Varian, Ch. 28)
- Exchange (Varian, Ch. 29)

VARIAN H.R., Microeconomia, V ed., Venezia, Cafoscarina, 2002.
KREPS D.M., Microeconomia per manager, Egea, 2005.

Suggested textbook (exercises):
GIURIATO L., TURATI G., Microeconomia, Etas Libri, 2000.

Lectures (32 h) and sessions (10 h). More info at:

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
VARIAN H.R. Microeconomia (Edizione 5) Cafoscarina 2002 8885613799
GIURIATO L. - TURATI G. Microeconomia Etas Libri 2000
KREPS D.M. Microeconomia per manager Egea 2005 8823820510