IE54500 - Engineering Economic AnalysisFall 2016 Days/Time:
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As an intermediate microeconomics course for engineers, the goal is to provide graduate students in Industrial Engineering with an overview of the key concepts in microeconomics.Description:
Students who have already taken an intermediate microeconomics course may find parts of this course repetitive. The course will cover the following topics: mathematics of optimization, consumer choice and demand theory, demand estimation, production and the theory of the firm, an introduction to cost accounting, and market structures.Topics Covered:
Introduction; Mathematics of Optimization--Unconstrained Optimization: First and Second Order Conditions, Constrained Optimization: Lagrangian Multipliers and Kuhn-Tucker Conditions; Consumer Choice and Demand Theory--Utility Functions, Utility Maximization and Demand Functions; Forecasting and Methods from Marketing Research--Demand Estimation, Measuring Consumer Preferences; Production and Supply--Production Functions, Costs of Production, Profit Maximization and Supply; Accounting and Costs--Basic Concepts and Classification of Costs, Activity Based Costing; Market Structures--Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Oligopoly, Game Theory Models of Pricing.Prerequisites:
Multivariate calculus.Web Address:http://www.itap.purdue.edu/learning/tools/blackboard/Web Content:
All handouts, assignments and homework solutions, except for the case studies, will be posted on the course web site. Students must download these assignments.Homework:
Six to eight assignments (problem sets), assigned roughly every two weeks, may be downloaded from the course web page; students will usually have about two weeks to complete the assignments; will count for approximately 15% of the final grade.Projects:
Required, not job-related. There will be two case studies assigned during the semester. Students will work in teams of 2-4 students to complete each case study. Each team will be required to prepare and submit a formal written report on the case (approximately 5 pages in length). The case studies will count for approximately 25% of the final grade.Exams:
One midterm exam and one comprehensive final exam.Textbooks:
Required--Walter Nicholson, "Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions," Thomson South-Western, 2005, 9th ed., ISBN 0-324-27086-0. Disclaimer: final textbook listings are available in April for fall and summer semesters. Please visit the Listing of Textbooks by College or School for the most up-to-date information.
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