EC2A3      Half Unit
Microeconomics II

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Dimitra Petropoulou, 32L 4.27


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Economics and Economic History, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics, BSc in Finance, BSc in Geography with Economics, BSc in International Social and Public Policy and Economics, BSc in Mathematics and Economics, BSc in Mathematics with Economics, BSc in Philosophy and Economics, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and BSc in Politics and Economics. This course is available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Data Science, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Mathematics, Statistics and Business and Diploma in Accounting and Finance. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available with permission to General Course students.

Note, EC2A3 is mutually exclusive with EC201, EC202 and MG207.


Students must have completed Microeconomics I (EC1A3) and Macroeconomics I (EC1B3), or equivalent.

Students must also have completed Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) (MA107) or Mathematical Methods (MA100), or equivalent.

Course content

In this course, we use the tools you learned in Microeconomics I (EC1A3) to provide an in-depth analysis of microeconomic theory, as well as applications of the tools of microeconomics to concrete economic problems. We build on analysis of demand from EC1A1 and combine with the supply side, bringing the two sides of the market together in the analysis of general equilibrium. We then explore social welfare and consider issues of efficiency, distribution, and inequality, alongside an introduction to political economy and the effectiveness of government. We will also examine the effects of living interdependently, exploring public goods and externalities and the role of government intervention in correcting market failures. Finally, the study of asymmetric information in markets and implications for contract design, as well as analysis of insurance markets and adverse selection.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT.

Student learning will be supported through a series of online Q&A sessions, the EC2A3 Support Lab and through a dedicated discussion forum.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to complete the weekly problem sets and any required reading before attending classes and will be encouraged to work in small study groups. Two pieces of work will be marked and feedback provided.

Indicative reading

Lecture material will be complemented with required additional reading from journal articles or reports. There is no set textbook for this course, though chapters from suitable intermediate textbooks can be recommended for those who may wish to consult a text (though this is not required).

Students will be expected to discuss critically the theoretical ideas and models taught by engaging with the required reading alongside working through microeconomic problems.


Exam (90%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Coursework (10%) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2021/22: Unavailable

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness