Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
Matricole pari
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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
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Year of study: 
Second semester


Course description

The course aims to provide students with the set of analytical tools necessary to be able to approach the study of economic problems , and understand the functioning of market economies . The student will acquire the basic analytical tools to analyze the outcomes of the different forms of the market , and evaluate the effects of government intervention to regulate markets, as well as the results of tax policy.


Formally none. The knowledge of the basic tools of general mathematics ( Cartesian coordinates , Equation of a line , elementary functions , derivatives) is helpful for an understanding of the analytical aspects of the course.


The contents of the course can be divided into four main topics:
1) The analysis of the market demand, namely: the modeling of the choices of the consumer; the derivation of the demand curve; the effects of price changes, also due to taxation, on the optimal choice and well-being of the consumer.
2) Analysis of supply, namely the analysis of firm behavior, its objectives (profit maximization) and constraints (the firm's technology and production costs).
3) The forms of the market, distinguishing the competitive market model (the firm that does not set the price) and market structure characterized by market power (monopoly and monopolistic competition, game theory and oligopoly). There will also be practical examples of functioning of the market, in particular e-commerce.
4) Market failures: Asymmetric information, especially with regard to the financial markets.

Course organization
The course is organized in traditional lectures , analysis of case studies proposed by the textbook , case studies selected by the teacher, weekly tutorials.
Assessment methods
During the course we will assess the degree of learning by asking students to perform exercises and develop case studies that will be evaluated through the e-learning platform of the University.
Final assessment is based on a written test consisting of open questions about the topics covered in the program .

Teaching Methods


Microeconomia 4/ed or , M. L: Katz, H. Rosen, W. Morgan, C. A. Bollino, McGrawHill.
Further teaching notes will be provided during the class by the teacher.

Learning assessment

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