Online Text and Notes in Advanced Microeconomics

[Mechanism design and agency theory: handouts and exams]
Benjamin E. Hermalin, University of California, Berkeley
Several papers by Hermalin that were used in a 2001 course are included in this course web site, along with a past exam paper with answers.

Advanced microeconomic analysis [lecture notes and problem sets]
Levent Koçkesen, Columbia University
Syllabus, seven sets of detailed lecture notes, and problem sets, available as PDF document. Topics include Strategic Form Games and Nash Equilibrium, Rationalizability and Iterated Elimination of Dominated Actions, Bayesian Games and Correlated Equilibrium, Extensive Form Games with Perfect Information, Bargaining, Repeated Games, and Extensive Form Games with Imperfect and Incomplete Information.

[Advanced microeconomics]
John Hillas, University of Auckland
This site supports a course covering Game Theory, Information, General Equilibrium, Auctions and Contracts. Lecture notes, homework assignments, exams and solutions from 1999 to 2002 are archived.

Microeconomic theory II: [notes and assignments]
John Hillas, University of Auckland
This archive supports a course primarily about game theory, but also covering other aspects of the mathematical basis of economics. The files here include lecture notes, homework assignments and example questions with answers.

Lecture notes online
This site links to nearly 150 graduate-level lecture notes from lecturers around the world. Categories of material are: microeconomics (1. Consumers, firms and general equilibrium, 2. Game theory, 3. Mechanism design and public economics, 4. Applied and computational micro and other topics in micro), mathematics (1. Mathematics for economists, 2. Optimization, 3. Linear algebra, calculus, differential equations, 4. Analysis, measure theory, topology, 5. Discrete mathematics, logic, game theory, and other), macroeconomics (1. Various models, 2. Recursive (dynamic programming) treatments, 3. Dynamic methods, 4. Asset pricing and financing), econometrics (1. Probability and mathematical statistics, 2. Econometrics (general), 3. Macroeconometrics ( time series) and financial econometrics, 4. Microeconometrics), and software (1. Matlab, 2. Gauss, 3. Stata, 4. Other).

[Economic theory: PhD-level microeconomics course web page]
David S. Ahn, University of California, Berkeley
The web page for this first year PhD-level course includes a syllabus, 13 short class handouts, and problem sets with suggested solutions–all in .pdf. Topics start from binary choice and preference and run through Debreu’s Theorem, von Neumann-Morgenstern expected utility, Anscombe-Aumann expected utility and Savage utility. This link is to archive of the site.

[Advanced psychology and economics seminar course web page]
Botond Koszegi, University of California, Berkeley
This course web page is a syllabus with embedded to links to .pdf readings (although not all of them work).

[Microeconomics of development course web page]
Jenny Lanjouw , Elisabeth Sadoulet , Alain de Janvry, University of California, Berkeley
This course web page includes a syllabus, handouts and assignments, mostly in .pdf. Topics are: microfinance institutions, history of thought, sharecropping, Nicaraguan poverty and inequality.

Maps of Bounded Rationality (A Prespective on Intuitive Judgment and Choice)
Prof. Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University
Daniel Kahneman’s 2002 Nobel Prize lecture, reviewing psychological and behavioral perspectives on economic choice following from his pioneering work with Amos Tversky. Includes a summary of their ‘prospect theory’, an alternative to rational choice theory that is consistent with their empirically discovered judgement biases, and a review of evidence for the main heuristics and their associated biases. Available as text or as a RealPlayer video of the lecture.

Neoclassical Theories of Production
New School for Social Research
Detailed summary of orthodox models of the supply-side, covering production functions, marginal-productivity theory of distribution, profit-maximising conditions, the firm in partial and general equilibrium, imperfect competition. Presents more recent developments in the theory (eg constant elasticity of substitution production function, bordered Hessian matrix fort quasi-concavity, activity analysis, new institutionalism) while keeping to simple mathematical and graphic presentation.

Auctions: Theory and Practice
Prof. Paul Klemperer, University of Oxford
Online book on auction theory [by one of the economists responsible for the UK’s record-breaking 3rd Generation mobile licence auction, the theme of the book’s final section]. Avoids mathematical complication and uses practical examples wherever possible. Includes more general discussion of information economics, and the uses/abuses of economic modelling; and extends ideas of auction and bargaining strategy into such areas as corporate takeovers and stock market bubbles. Chapter 1, an extensive literature review, includes questions and answers on the Revenue Equivalence Theorem and other elements of auction theory, from the Oxford Economics M.Phil. Ends with suggestions for course outlines and a detailed reference list.


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