ECON3200 – Microeconomics and Game Theory

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Course content

This course is equivalent with ECON4200 – Microeconomics and Game Theory (discontinued).

  • Production and consumer theory based on duality theory
  • Some partial equilibrium analysis
  • Some theory for decisions under uncertainty
  • Game theory, including theory and concepts for non-cooperative games in the normal and extensive forms, including games of incomplete information

Learning outcome

You should know

  • the basic results in production and consumer theory, and how these results can be derived using duality theory
  • the theory of uncertainty, including the axioms of the expected utility theorem
  • the basic concepts and results of non-cooperative game theory
  • different form of non-cooperative games — both games in the normal and extensive forms and with and without complete information — and solution (both equilibrium and non-equilibrium) concepts for each of these classes of games

You should be able to

  • do basic microeconomic analysis based on techniques from duality theory, including deriving the main results in production and consumer theory
  • understand the concept of risk aversion as well as the difference between risk and uncertainty
  • formulate and solve simple economic problems involving consumers and producers and the interaction between them
  • formulate economic problems that involve strategic interaction as non-cooperative games
  • use the appropriate solution concepts in such games

You should be able to

  • follow economic reasoning related to the course, for instance when reading professional reports
  • recognize the difference between well founded knowledge and weakly founded opinions


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is not available for single course students.


Lectures: 2 hours per week throughout the semester.

Seminars: 2 hours per week through parts of the semester.

Compulsory tuition activities:

  • A compulsory term paper.

If the compulsory term paper is not approved, you may be given a second attempt to hand in a new term paper/improve the term paper within a short deadline. 

When the compulsory term paper is approved, the result will be registered. The term paper is valid for 8 consecutive semesters.

See The Faculty of Social Sciences' rules regarding compulsory tuition activities.

Candidates who have passed the course before autumn 2016 and wish to re-take the exam need to get the term paper approved before they can re-take the exam.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


A 3-hour written school exam.

You must have passed the mandatory activities in order to sit for the exam.

Previous exams

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

There are restrictions on resitting this exam. See further information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


This is a master's level course, but still open for bachelor's students with sufficient background in mathematics and microeconomis.

ECON3200 – Microeconomics and Game Theory (discontinued) is the course code for bachelor students

ECON4200 – Microeconomics and Game Theory (discontinued) is the course code for master students

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

Last teaching semester: autumn 2018


Spring 2019

Autumn 2018

Last exam: spring 2019

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