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Microeconomic Theory I

ECON 212/3.0

Theory of markets and prices: decision‐making by individuals and firms, equilibrium conditions under various market structures, and issues of individual and social welfare. This course presumes a knowledge of calculus at the first‐year university level.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain what market demand and market supply represent, and derive both mathematical functions by formulating and solving constrained optimization problems.
  2. Explain what market equilibrium represents in the case of many price-taking consumers and suppliers, and calculate market equilibrium with taxes, subsidies, and quotas, or without any such policies.
  3. Express and analyze strategic decision making in decision trees and payoff matrices using game theory.  Explain, model, and solve the strategic decisions of monopolists and oligopolists.
  4. Model real-life consumption and supply decisions using consumer and producer theory, and constructively peer-review such models.


This fundamental course equips the student to intuit and mathematically model the decisions facing consumers and producers. Students will solve constrained optimization problems and derive demand and supply functions including the demand for insurance and the supply of savings and labour. They will predict equilibrium prices and quantities under various market conditions. An introduction to game theory will assist students in explaining the strategies used by competing firms. Students will have several opportunities to apply theory to real-world markets and to share their ideas with their fellow learners.


Summer 19: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 6 - July 26, 2019
Exam Dates: 
July 30 - Aug 2, 2019


20% Quizzes (10)

24% Project Submissions (3)

6%   Project Peer Review (3)

50% Proctored Final Exam


Students must pass the exam component of the course to receive a passing grade.

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period


Professor Jarone Gittens (gittens.j@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

A course such as this on campus would have three lecture hours per week, usually with an assignment to follow. Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.

Course Resources


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About Credit Units

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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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