ECON/AREC 606: MICROECONOMIC ANALYSIS I
SPRING 2017
Course Instructor: Daniele Tavani, Associate Professor, Daniele.Tavani@Colostate.edu.
Office Hours: TR 23.30, or by appointment, C310 Clark.
Class meets: TR 1112.15, C238 Clark.
Grading assistant: Luke Petach, Luke.Petach@Colostate.edu.
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND METHODS
This is a firstyear graduate course in microeconomic theory. The purpose of the course is:
 to familiarize you with the mathematical language of formal microeconomic theory;
 to guide you in your understanding of the foundations, mechanics, and conclusions of the core of neoclassical microeconomics, with the ultimate goal of:
 developing your ability to carry out independent economic analysis in useful applications.
The course will be mostly selfcontained from a mathematical point of view, but it presumes some knowledge of calculus and linear algebra. To meet its objectives, the course will include:
 presentation of core microeconomic theory via lectures;
 reading assignments, based on the required text for the course or other recommended sources;
 problem sets to give you an opportunity to exercise and challenge your analytical abilities; and
 exams to demonstrate your development in a formal structure.
TEXTS
The required text for the course is:
Geoffrey Jehle & Philip Reny, Advanced Microeconomic Theory, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, 2011 (JR).
Other useful references (optional) are:
Andreu MasColell, Michael D. Whinston, & Jerry R. Green, Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University Press, 1995 (MC). Very rigorous, encyclopedic, highlevel.
Hal Varian, Microeconomic Analysis, 3rd ed., Norton, 1992 (V). Direct, terse, intuitive presentation.
REQUIRED WORK AND GRADING
Course grades will be based on 3 tests and several problem sets as follows:
 3 tests will count 20% each, for a total of 60% of the grade.
 Approximately 8 problem sets, for a total of 40% of the grade.
The grading scale will be:  Homework will be scored on a 5point basis as follows:  
96 – 100%  A+  Thorough, diligent, and mostly correct  5  
90 – 95%  A  Thorough and diligent, with mistakes but overall display of understanding  4  
87 – 89%  A  Thorough and/or diligent, but with important misunderstandings  3  
83 – 86%  B+  Pervasive misunderstandings and/or major omissions  2  
76 – 82%  B  Minimal effort  1  
70 – 75%  B  
60 – 69%  C  
50 – 59%  D  
0 – 49%  F 
Collaboration on problem sets is allowed, but pure copying certainly is not. The answers you submit must be your own presentation, and must reflect an understanding you have established in your own head, even if the understanding is based on collaboration with colleagues.
TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE
Week 
Dates 
Topics

Chapter readings  
JR  MC  V  
1  17 – 19 Jan  Mathematical Preliminaries  A1  M: F, G  26.4, 26.710 
1  24 – 26 Jan  Preferences; Utility  1.11.2  3: AC  7.1 
2  31 Jan – 2 Feb  Utility maximization  1.3  3: D  7 
3  7 – 9 Feb  Expenditure minimization  1.4  3: EG  7 
4  14 – 16 Feb  Demand Topics  1.5
2.1 2.2

3: HJ
4 
8
9 10

5  21 Feb
23 Feb 
Demand Topics
No Class 

6  28 Feb – 2 Mar  Demand Topics / TEST 1  2.3  
7  7 – 9 Mar  Uncertainty  2.4  6  11 
8  14 – 16 Mar  SPRING BREAK  
9  21 – 23 Mar  Production 
3 
5:127135 
1 
10  28 – 30 Mar  Producer optimization  
11  4 – 6 Apr  Competition / TEST 2 
4.1, 4.3 
5:135160 
2 to 5 
12  11 – 13 Apr  Efficiency; Welfare  
13  18 – 20 Apr  General Equilibrium  4.2  10  13 
14  25 – 27 Apr  General Equilibrium  5.15.2  15  21 
15  2 – 4 May  General Equilibrium  5.3  16  
16  Thu 11 May  TEST 3, 6:20 – 8:20 pm 
Note: This course will not address every concept in every part of the assigned reading. The scope of your immediate learning responsibility will be defined by what is covered in class and in homework assignments, and you should use the readings to support your understanding of that material (and then to the extent you are motivated, to extend your economic literacy beyond the course content).
Course materials including the syllabus, homework assignments, and additional notes will be available on Canvas.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
This course will be administered consistent with the Academic Integrity Policy of the Colorado State University General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code. Student conduct must adhere to the policy, and so will instructor response to any incidents that arise. See http://tilt.colostate.edu/integrity/faqs/what_are_the_rules.cfm .
Every submitted piece of work is subject to the following Honor Pledge:
“I have not given, received, or used any unauthorized assistance.”
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