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wir874 - Advanced Microeconomics (Complete module description)
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Module label Advanced Microeconomics
Module abbreviation wir874
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (Business Administration and Business Education)
Applicability of the module
  • Master Applied Economics and Data Science (Master) > Economics
  • Master's programme Business Administration: Management and Law (Master) > Basismodule
  • Master's programme Business Administration: Management and Law (Master) > Kernmodule CHI
  • Master's programme Social Sciences (Master) > Wahlpflichtmodule anderer Institute und Departments
Responsible persons
  • Helm, Carsten (module responsibility)
  • Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module
• understand the importance of incentive systems for economic processes and can analyze the effects of incentive systems;
• have a firm knowledge in game theory and contract theory, and can address questions in the context of scientific discussion;
• are able to apply methods from game theory and contract theory largely independently to the analysis of situations in which agents interact strategically;
• are able to design incentive schemes – on their own and in teams – and to acquire knowledge on their own for this purpose and, to present their results, and to defend them in the scientific discourse.
Module contents
The first part of the module covers game theory. Game theory is an important method in economics to analyze strategic interactions of agents, e.g., on markets, in organizations or in bargaining situations.
The second part of the module covers contract theory that – according to the Nobel laureate Kenneth Arrow – has been „the most important development in economics in the last forty years“. We work out the fundamentals of screenings, signaling and moral hazard and apply them to different topics, e.g., from labor economics, economic organization and management, law and economics as well as industrial economics.
In both parts, there is a tutorial. Here students largely independently apply the acquired knowledge to different situations of strategic interaction in economics and present their results.
Recommended reading
- Gibbons, R. (1992): A Primer in Game Theory. FT Prentice Hall (main text for 1st part)
- Tadelis, St. (2012): Game Theory. An Introduction. Princeton Univers. Press.
- Watson, J. (2013): Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory. Norton (main text for 2nd part)
- Osborne, M.J. (2003): An Introduction to Game Theory. Oxford University Press.
- Salanie, B. (2005): The Economics of Contracts: A Primer. MIT Press.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Module level
Type of module je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Teaching/Learning method
Previous knowledge
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Course or seminar 4 WiSe 56
Exercises -- 0
Total module attendance time 56 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
At the end of the lecture period.