MG431      Half Unit
Managerial Economics

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Ignacio Palacios-Huerta


This course is available on the Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MiM) and Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

A graduate-level introduction to the foundations of managerial economics. Topics include:

1. Economics as a theory of organisation.

2. Economic Agents: Rationality and the co-ordination powers of the market (Demand and supply and equilibrium: the determinants of consumers' and firms' market responses and the nature of non-strategic interaction).

3. Strategic interaction and dynamic competition.

4. Information and efficiency.


20 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6 of MT, in line with departmental policy

Formative coursework

A problem set will be assigned and is due two weeks later. It will be marked for feedback purposes only.

Indicative reading

Main textbooks:

T van Zandt; Firms, Price and Markets, available online (2006); S. Estrin et al, Microeconomics, Prentice Hall (2008).

Students can also consider: D M Kreps, Microeconomics for Managers, W. W. Norton (2004)B. Douglas Bernheim and Michael D. Whiston, Microeconomics, McGraw Hill (2008).

Reading lists will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: 65

Average class size 2019/20: 13

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills