MGT-200 / 2 credits

Teacher(s): Dubois Corinne, Iovino Luigi

Language: English

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This course introduces frameworks and tools for understanding the economic dimensions of the world we live in. The course includes applications to real-world situations and events. Assessment is through group projects. The course is divided into two parts: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.



  1. Key principles of economics: allocation of scarce resources, trade-offs, opportunity costs, marginal reasoning, and incentives; economic models
  2. Gains from trade. Comparative advantage. International trade
  3. Demand and supply. Price controls. Market efficiency and when it fails
  4. Cost structure of firms
  5. Perfect competition
  6. Monopoly
  7. Principles of game theory and applications to interactions among firms


  1. National accounts and economic cycles. Application: how is the Swiss economy doing?
  2. Saving and asset markets. Application: real estate markets and the economy
  3. Economic fluctuations: business cycles and crises. Application: Covid-19 crisis
  4. Fiscal policy. Application: fiscal response to the Covid-19 crisis
  5. Monetary policy. Application: the interest rate hike of 2022
  6. Exchange rates. Application: the exchange rate floor of 2011-2015
  7. Banks and banking regulation. Application: Global financial crisis 2008-09


Principles of economics, demand and supply, competition; national accounts, business cycles, markets, monetary and fiscal policy, exchange rate.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses


Recommended courses


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Explain the forces driving demand and supply and their impact on market conditions
  • Apply economic analysis to everyday problems in real world situations
  • Interpret various economic parameters such as equilibrium price and quantity, elasticity, average costs, marginal costs etc.
  • Classify firms into different market structures and show how competitive structures influence the individual firm’s behavior
  • Assess / Evaluate macroeconomic conditions and evaluate appropriate stabilization policies
  • Assess / Evaluate saving and investment choices and their impact on asset prices
  • Analyze the effect of economic events and policies on exchange rates

Transversal skills

  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Evaluate one's own performance in the team, receive and respond appropriately to feedback.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.

Teaching methods

The course is organized in lectures and applications with class discussions. The lectures will introduce key economic concepts and economic policy tools. Applications to real world situations and economic events will be analyzed and discussed in class. Students will be divided in groups to work on projects that will be graded.

Expected student activities


Students will be divided in groups. Each group will complete a project that comprises a microeconomic part and a macroeconomic part. The microeconomic project will be announced early in the course and due by the end of week 7; the macroeconomic project will be announced in week 8 and due by the end of the semester.

Assessment methods

50% Group project: microeconomic part

50% Group project: macroeconomic part


Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No


Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)




Principles of Economics (8th edition) by N. Gregory Mankiw, Chapters 1 to 7, and 13 to 17.

International Economics: Theory & Policy (12th edition), Krugman, P.R., M. Obstfeld and M. Melitz (2021). Pearson

Ressources en bibliothèque


Slides: The slides will be available on the class web site.

Projects: Projects setup will be available on the class website.

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 80
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Economic thinking
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Type: mandatory

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