Undergraduate Course: Economics of Asymmetric Information (ECNM10083)
|School||School of Economics
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to the key concepts and major issues of economics of asymmetric information for students with a knowledge of economic analysis at the undergraduate level. The main topics include moral hazard, adverse selection, and principal-agent problem.
This course is concerned with the analysis of economic problems that involve interacting economic agents who have different levels of information. The purpose of this course is to introduce the main models of asymmetric information and show how they can be used to analyse the effect of information asymmetries on agents┐ incentives and their implications for consumers┐ and firms┐ behaviour as well as for economic policies.
Topics covered include:
Adverse Selection. Market for Lemons. Signaling. Moral Hazard. Principal-Agent Problem. Participation and Incentive Compatibility Constraints. Optimal Contract.
The course is taught through a programme of lectures and tutorials. Learning-by-doing, through problem solving and discussion of exercise sets, is an important ingredient of the course.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have an equivalent of at least 4 semester-long Economics courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. This MUST INCLUDE courses in Intermediate Macroeconomics (with calculus); Intermediate Microeconomics (with calculus); Probability and Statistics; and Introductory Econometrics. If macroeconomics and microeconomics courses are not calculus-based, then, in addition, Calculus (or Mathematics for Economics) is required.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||20% Class Examination
80% Final Examination
||Written individual feedback on one exercise set submitted in advance of the tutorial will be provided fifteen days after due date.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Economics of Asymmetric Information||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues and models of asymmetric information, along with empirical evidence on and policy implications of those models and a deeper understanding of recent research activity.
- Research and investigative skills such as problem framing and solving and the ability to assemble and evaluate complex evidence and arguments.
- Communication skills in order to critique, create and communicate understanding and to collaborate with and relate to others.
- Personal effectiveness through task-management, time-management, teamwork and group interaction, dealing with uncertainty and adapting to new situations, personal and intellectual autonomy through independent learning.
- Practical/technical skills such as, modelling skills (abstraction, logic, succinctness), qualitative and quantitative analysis and general IT literacy.
|There is no single textbook for this course, but typed notes on key topics will be provided. In addition, the course will make use of readings from economic journals.|
For general background, students may refer to: Snyder, C. and W. Nicholson (2012), Microeonomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions, 11th International Edition, South Western Publishers.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research and Inquiry
B1. The ability to identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied economic problems and identify or devise approaches to investigate and solve these problems.
B3. The ability to critically assess existing understanding of economic and social issues, the limitations of that understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and understanding of those issues.
B4. The ability to question the principles, methods, standards and boundaries of economic knowledge
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
C1. The ability to be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement.
C4. The ability to collaborate and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views.
D1. The ability to make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, create and communicate understanding.
D2. The ability to further their own learning through effective use of feedback.
D3. The ability to use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others.
E1. The ability to manage tasks and also skills in time-management.
E4. The ability to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||One 2 hour lecture per week, plus tutorials.
|Course organiser||Dr Tatiana Kornienko
Tel: 0131 650 8338
|Course secretary||Mrs Anna Domagala
Tel: (0131 6)51 5305