Microeconomic Theory for Research Students

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Matthew Levy 32L.3.21, Prof Balazs Szentes 32L.4.05 and Dr Andrew Ellis 32L.3.09


This course is available on the MRes/PhD in Economics and MRes/PhD in Economics and Management. This course is not available as an outside option.


Students must have completed Microeconomics for MRes students (EC441).

Course content

The objective of this course is to provide students with a graduate level introduction to advanced topics and contemporary developments in Microeconomic Theory. Topics may include:

  • Classic static and dynamic game theory
  • Contract theory
  • Decision theory
  • Bounded rationality
  • Psychology and economics.


30 hours of lectures in the MT. 30 hours of lectures in the LT.

30 hours of lectures in the MT. 30 hours of lectures in the LT.

This course is delivered through lectures totalling a minimum of 60 hours across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. Attendance is compulsory.

Formative coursework

Students will discuss papers in lectures.

Indicative reading

Osborne M, and Rubinstein A, A Course in Game Theory, MIT Press, 1994. Fudenberg D, and Tirole J, Game Theory, MIT Press, 1991.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2021/22: 2

Average class size 2021/22: 2

Value: One Unit

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