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Department of Economics

ECON 381 SC

FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

2014

Home Page

This web site contains links to a number of documents relevant for this course. This page will be permanently under construction. You should advise me in class or by email if this site doesn't work properly. What information is available will largely be in the form of pdf files. Such files can be viewed (and printed) using the freely available Adobe Reader.


pdf Files including, in particular Lecture Notes

Teaching Staff

Associate Professor John Hillas, lecturer, room 6111, Owen G Glenn Building, extn. 87349 email: j.hillas@auckland.ac.nz. Eilya Torshizian, tutor.

Office Hours

John's office hours are Wednesday 10:00 am -10:50 am and Thursday 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm in Owen G Glenn Building, Room 6111.

Readings and Problems

The arrangement will be that we shall have 1 of class lecture time from 11 to 12:30 on Wednesday and from 3 to 4:30 on Thursday. I shall have a short in class tutorial after each class in which students can ask any questions they have about the course, or I shall do some of the tutorial assignments from previous classes. The most important thing in this course is doing the problems. By the end of the semester you should have done at least all the problems listed below, and probably all the problems in the course book, if you are really taking the course seriously. You really should do at least the starred problems before the next class. The tutorials are all before the first class of the week and will cover the exercises assigned for the previous week. You should come to the tutorials having attempted the exercises and ready to participate in sharing answers.

This is a reasonably hard course, but not as hard as many students seem to think. It differs from most other courses a bit in the level of formality and abstraction with which the topics are covered. In some ways I think it is more uncomfortable than difficult. It is easy to get left behind, in which case the lectures become less useful. So this is a course in which it is important to start working hard early. (Even more so than the other courses in which it is important to start working hard early.) If you can keep up, or even get a bit ahead, the lectures will make more sense, and the total amount of work you will have to do in the semester will be less.

 

Class on

Before Class

After Class

Selected Answers

23 July

Read Sections 1 to 4 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

Exercises 1,3*,5,6,7*,8,9*,10,11,12,13,14,15, 16,17,18,19* of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

24 July

Read Sections 5 and 6 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

Exercises 20,21*,22,23,24,25*,26 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

Answers Week 2 Tutorials

30 July

Read Sections 7 and 8 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

Exercises 27,28,29*,30*,31,32,33*, 34, 35 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

31 July

Read Section 9 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

Exercises 36,37*,38,39,40,41,42, 43,44,45 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

Answers Week 3 Tutorials

6 August

Read Section 10 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

Complete the Exercises given above.

7 August

Revise Chapter 1 of the Course Book.

Complete the Exercises given above.

Answers Week 4 Tutorials

13 August

Read Sections 1 to 3 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book.

Exercises 46* and 47 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book.

14 August

Read Sections 4 to 7 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book.

Exercises 48*, 49,50,51,52,53,54,55 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book.

Answers Week 5 and 6 Tutorials

20 August

Read Sections 8 to 10 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book.

Exercises 56,57,58,61,64,74,75 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book.

21 August

Finish Chapter 2

Finish Exercises above

27 August

Finish Chapter 2

Finish Exercises above

 

 

 

 

28 August

Revision

 

 

 

Mid-semester Break

 

 

17 September

Read Chapter 3 (except Section 1.3) of the Course Book. Additional Linear Algebra Exercises

Exercises 76,77,78,79,80,81,85 and 86 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book.

Answers Additional Linear Algebra Exercises

18 September

Read Chapter 3 (except Section 1.3) of the Course Book.

Exercises 91 and 92 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book.

 

24 September

 

 

 

25 September

 

 

 

1 October

 

 

 

2 October

 

 

 

8 October

 

9 October

15 October

 

 

 

16 October

 

 

 

22 October

 

 

 

23 October

 

 

 

Assignments

Test


Economics Department

University of Auckland


Last updated: 16 September 2014