Summer 2014 Office Hours:
1:30-2:30 MWF. All hours are held in JH 4234.

Contact Info:




Course Description: This course is designed to connect economic theory to practical issues faced by the managers at real firms. The focus is on the way economic theory affects the firm's behavior both internally and externally. Internal issues include organizational structure issues and contract design, especially as these issues relate to opportunism, rent-seeking and asymmetric information.

Prerequisites: Economics 160 and 161 (or 300).

Course Materials:

Students are required to buy

Managerial Economics and Organizational Architecture
Fifth edition by Brickley, Smith, and Zimmerman (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2009).

Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff (published by W.W. Norton & Company, 1991).

Class Web-Site: Students should regularly visit the class web-site to keep informed on announcements concerning assignments and schedule changes the URL is:

Grades: The course grade will be determined according to the formula laid out below. While plus/minus grades will be used for individual components of the course, no plus/minus grades will be used when reporting the final grade.

Activity % of Course Grade
Assignments 10%
Midterm Exam 35%
Final Exam 55%

Policy on Academic Dishonesty : University rules prohibit cheating, fabrication, facilitating the academic dishonesty of another student, and plagiarism. If you engage in any of these activities in this class, you will fail this class. A letter will be sent to the appropriate campus officials requesting disciplinary action.

“Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus is listed in Section 41301, Title V, California Code of Regulations, as an offense for which a student may be expelled, suspended or given a less severe disciplinary sanction.” (2004-2006CSUN Catalog, page 530).

In this class, students who submit papers that include even one sentence or phrase taken from the work of others will receive an F in this class (not just in the assignment, but the class). 




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