1788 Advanced Microeconomics I (Science Track)
Univ.Prof. Dr.Dr. Ulrich Berger
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
14.09.2020 bis 01.10.2020
Anmeldung über LPIS
Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Master
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Mittwoch 07.10.2020 14:00 - 17:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 14.10.2020 14:00 - 17:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 21.10.2020 14:00 - 17:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 28.10.2020 14:00 - 17:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 04.11.2020 14:00 - 17:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 11.11.2020 14:00 - 17:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 18.11.2020 14:00 - 17:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 25.11.2020 14:00 - 17:00 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

The course is held in distance mode.

Inhalte der LV

Advanced Microeconomics I is an advanced course that teaches selected fundamental topics in microeconomics in more detail. The course starts with an introduction to relations and preference relations, leading to a model of decision-making under risk. It then turns to welfare economics and studies social welfare functions, continuing with utilitarianism and Pareto efficiency. Finally we consider the topic of mechanism design, using auctions as an example. The material is continued in Advanced Microeconomics II.

1. relations and preference relations

2. ordinal utility functions

3. uncertainty and risk

4. preferences over lotteries

5. expected utility

6. welfare economics

7. social welfare functions

8. Arrow’s theorem

9. efficiency and utilitarianism

10. mechanism design

11. efficient auctions

12. dominant-strategy incentive compatibility

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

After attending this course, students will be able to:

  • understand what is "rational" in rational choice theory.
  • justify the standard assumption of expected utility maximization.
  • explain the theoretical basics of welfare comparisons and their limits.
  • understand the basics of mechanism design.

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

The attendance requirement is met, if a student is present at least 80%. Therefore, students are allowed to be absent for one teaching unit.

Students should have a good knowledge of introductory microeconomics and game theory. The most important requirement, however, is the willingness to engage with formal (axiomatic) reasoning and proofs.

NOTE: Advanced Microeconomics I is continued by Advanced Microeconomics II. It is in principle possible to only complete the first course (e.g. for exchange students who need just 4 ECTS), but it is not recommended.


  • Lectures with material developed on the whiteboard and supported by slides
  • Discussion of examples

Slides and exercises will be uploaded on learn@wu. Students are requested to prepare for each class with the provided material.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

There will be six short quizzes (30%) and a written final take-home exam (70%). Up to 10% can additionally be gained by active participation, i.e. by answering questions raised during the course or contributing to the discussion thoughtfully. A retake of the final exam will also be offered for those not reaching 50% in total.

Participants who are enrolled in the old "Masterstudium Volkswirtschaft" and need 6 ECTS for this course have to write an additional seminar thesis the topic of which is to be arranged personally with the instructor.

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phone: 01/31336-4562

Zuletzt bearbeitet: 28.12.2020