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Advanced Microeconomics

Lecturer: Professor Dr Anke Kessler (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver)
Date: July 2-5, 2018
Venue: ifo Institute, Dresden Branch, Einsteinstraße 3, 01069 Dresden
Registration: until June 1, 2018 via email: yvonne.bludau@tu-dresden.de. The course is designed for at most 25 participants.

Announcement: pdf

The course provides a short introduction to the theory of contracts and asymmetric information. By the end of the course, students should have developed a broad analytical knowledge about what constraints informational asymmetries place on the efficiency and profitability of economic transactions in both market and non-market environments. They should also have learned to explain and determine optimal institutional responses (specific mechanisms/contracts) that can be used to address these problems

I. Asymmetric Information and the Failure of the Coase Theorem

II. Asymmetric Information and Market Failure

– Adverse Selection
– Monopolistic Screening
– Signaling

III.  Moral Hazard

– Principal Agent Model with Hidden Action
– Relational Contracts

IV. Behavioral Contract Theory (time permitting)

Schedule of classes

2 July:     10:00–12:00 and 13:00–17:30
3 July:     09:00–12:00 and 13:00–17:30
4 July:     09:00–12:00 and 13:00–17:30
5 July:     09:00–12:00 and 13:00–15:00

In preparation for the course, students should read the following material:

1. Any chapter(s) on Decisions under Uncertainty/Attitudes towards Risk in either one of the following textbooks:

Bolton, P. and M. Dewatripont (2004). Contract Theory, The MIT Press.

Jehle G.A. and P.J. Reny (2001), Advanced Microeconomics Theory, Addison Wesley.

Kreps, D.M. (1990), A Course in Microeconomic Theory, Princeton University Press.

Mas-Colell, A. Whinston, M.D. and Green, J.R. (1995). Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University Press.

2. All of the following chapters from Gibbons, R. (1992)], Game Theory for Applied Economists, Princeton University Press

Theory: Subgame Perfection

Theory: Two-Stage Repeated Games

Theory: Infinitely Repeated Games

Theory: Static Bayesian Games and Bayesian Nash Equilibrium

Introduction to Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium

A detailed reading list and lecture notes will be distributed before the first day of class.