MG440      Half Unit
Managerial Economics (modular)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Luis Rayo (University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business).


This course is compulsory on the Executive Global MSc Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

The information in this course guide pertains to the 2015-2017 cohort.

Course content

A graduate-level introduction to the foundations of managerial economics and its application to high-level business decisions. Topics include:

1. Economics as a theory of organisation.

2. Demand, supply, and equilibrium: the determinants of consumers' and firms' market responses, the nature of non-strategic interaction, government intervention, international trade

3. Externalities and market failure

4. Strategic interaction: voting, oligopoly, sequential rationality

5. Price discrimination: nonlinear pricing, social economics

6. Choice under uncertainty: attitudes towards risk

7. Information and efficiency: adverse selection

8. Behavioural economics: some examples


Scheduled over one module. Eight 4 hour sessions plus two review sessions. 

The course will run between the following dates:

  • 24 August - 5 September 2015

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 problem sets in the MT.

Indicative reading

Optional textbooks: Saul Estrin et al., Microeconomics, Prentice Hall, 2008. B. Douglas Bernheim and Michael D. Whinston, Microeconomics, McGraw Hill, 2008. Further readings will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Coursework (20%), class participation (15%) and take home exam (65%).

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

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