Econ 200 -- MS Level Microeconomics // Prof. Dan Friedman

Announcements

Now posted: set 7 of lecture notes, and PS4. Coming very soon: answer key to PS 3.

Check out the e-commons link here. It should take you to the UCSD Intermediate Micro Video Handbook (IMVH). If that doesn't work, follow these instructions.

You are expected to read the business press regularly, for this class as well as for 233. Possible sources include the NY Times, Wall St Journal, Economist (weekly), Bloomberg News. You can get a student rate to most of these, e.g., for the NYT, try here.

Microeconomic Analysis

An MS-level course in microeconomic theory and applications, this class assumes competence in mathematics at the level of Econ 186, and competence in intermediate microeconomics at the level of Econ 100A. The emphasis is on using microeconomic tools to solve practical problems. Assigned problems are neither data- nor computation-intensive this quarter since you have not yet completed graduate level econometrics, but they are idea-intensive and suggestive.

The primary text is Microeconomic Analysis, Third Edition by Hal Varian (Norton, 1992). Additional readings are on reserve in the Science Library and/or posted below. Grades are based on class participation and homework (30%), midterm exam (30%), and final exam (40%).

The class meets Tu Th 11:40am – 1:15pm in 110 Physical Sciences.

Instructor is Dan Friedman. His office hours are W 2-4pm in 417 Engineering 2, and by appointment.

Teaching Assistant is Aki Sukeda. His office hours are M 4-5pm and F 3-4pm in E2 403G and his sections meet M 9:20-10:25am in Kresge 325 and W 4:00-5:05pm in J Baskin 372.

A message from DRC. UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me privately during my office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At this time, we would also like us to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course. We encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089 or by email at drc@ucsc.edu.

A message on academic misconduct. The campus, and our program, takes seriously standards for recognizing sources and acknowledging help. If you are not familiar with such matters, please consult the library’s resource page, and the UC Santa Cruz Academic Misconduct Policy (the process is a bit different from MS students). Homework assignments encourage you to work with classmates as well as independently to solve problems, but to write up answers by yourself. Of course, exams must be done completely independently.


Due dates. PS 4 due Thursday November 30.

Final exam in class 4-7pm Monday Dec 11.


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