Finance 510

Microeconomic Analysis


John Stiver

231 Mendoza College of Business

Notre Dame , IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-2803

Fax: (574) 631-5255



Office Hours: M - F:  1:00 -3:00 PM                      

                        Other times by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Greg Cochara ( )

                        Office Hours: TBD

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Grading: There will be two non-cumulative exams given during the course as well as daily problem sets (to be done in groups).  The final grade will be computed as follows:

Midterm                                             = 100

Problems Sets                                    = 100

Final                                                  = 100

Total                                                 = 300


There is also the possibility of random, unannounced quizzes, so attending class and keeping up with the material is very important.  Bonus points will be awarded for exceptional class participation.  


The median score (out of 300 points) will receive at least a ‘B’ for the course.  The ranges for other grades will be at 10 point intervals around the median.  For example, if the median score for the class is 250, the grade distribution would be as follows: 


                                        280 - 290: A

                                        270 - 280: A-

                                        260 - 270: B+

                                        250 - 260: B

                                        240 - 250: B-

                                        230 - 240: C+

                                        220 - 230: C

                                        210 - 220: C-

                                        200 - 210: D

                                        <200       : F


Consider this distribution to be a minimum distribution.  That is, if your final score is 10 points above the median, you are guaranteed a B+, but could receive a higher grade.

Honor Code:  This course, like all other courses at Notre Dame, is subject to the Academic Code of Honor. Please read the Handbook to refresh your understanding of the code. 

(Note:  The books/articles listed below are NOT required reading.  They are only intended to offer additional sources of information in case you would like to learn more about a particular subject)

Day 1 (July 12th): Mathematical Preliminaries and Optimization Theory

Day II (July 13th): Consumer Demand Analysis

Day III & Day IV (July 14th & 15th) Technology, Costs and Pricing

Da       Day V (July 18th): Midterm

Day VI (July 19th): The Basics of Game Theory

Day VII (July 20th): Strategic Interaction  

Day VIII (July 21st): Anti-competitive Strategies and  Collusion

Day IX (July 22nd): Optimal Mechanism Design and Auction Theory

Risk, Uncertainty and Information Economics (Time Permitting)

Day X (July 25th): Final Exam