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Course module: 230331-M-6
Microeconomics 1 (CentER)
Course info
Course module230331-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Econometrics and OR; Econometrics & Operations;
Is part of
M Research Master in Business
M Research Master in Economics
M Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
Contact persondr. F. Schütt
M.L. Mágó
Other course modules lecturer
Coordinator course
dr. F. Schütt
Other course modules lecturer
dr. F. Schütt
Other course modules lecturer
dr. C.B.T. Walsh
Other course modules lecturer
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 14/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019

This course is the first of a series of three 6-ECTS courses that offer a rigorous training in microeconomic theory at the graduate level. This course gives students the foundations of microeconomic theory at the graduate level. Consumer, producer, and general equilibrium theories are covered.


Before enrolling all non-CentER students should ask permission to the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics. Please send your request for permission to CentER Graduate School at

Required Prerequisites

Quantitative Methods (CentER)
The first part of the course considers the behavior of consumers and producers in a general context. Topics include the demand functions of consumers, which are derived from assumptions on preferences using the utility function framework. Next, we consider the supply functions of producers and how they are derived from production technology and the price-taking profit maximization assumption. Also, the relationship between utility functions and decision making under risk is studied. The second part of the course studies the concept of equilibrium at which prices are such that aggregate demand equals aggregate supply plus total endowment. It is studied what the consequences are for the equilibrium in case there are externalities and public goods present in the economy. The existence of a general equilibrium is proved in detail. The fundamental theorems of welfare economics are treated which state that a competitive general equilibrium allocation is Pareto optimal and a social welfare optimum and that the reverse holds under convexity conditions.
Type of instructions
30 hours of lectures and 20 hours of tutorials.
Type of exams
Written final exam (80%) and regular graded homework assignments (20%).

Compulsory Reading
  1. A. Mas-Colell, M.D. Whinston, and J.R. Green, Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University Press, 1995, ISBN 978-0-1950-7340-9.
Timetable information
230331-M-6|Microeconomics 1 (CentER)
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk 80% / Written 80%EXAM_01SM 1107-12-2018
Schriftelijk 80% / Written 80%EXAM_01SM 1225-03-2019
Required materials
Recommended materials
A. Mas-Colell, M.D. Whinston, and J.R. Green, Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University Press, 1995.
5 Assignements

Written 80%

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