Course code ECN302

ECN302 Mathematics for Economists

English course information

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Viser emneinfo for studieåret 2016 - 2017.

Emneansvarlige: Dadi Mar Kristofersson, Kyrre Rickertsen, Kyrre Rickertsen
Studiepoeng: 5
Ansvarlig fakultet: Handelshøyskolen
Frekvens: Annually
Undervises på språk: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Undervises i periode:
The course has teaching/evaluation in the August block.
Første gang: Studieår 2007-2008
Fortrinnsrett: M-ECON and M-ØA.
Undervises hvor?:
Emnets innhold:
The course covers mathematical tools that are assumed to be known in courses such as, for example, ECN311 (Microeconomics) and ECN301 (Econometrics). The course is a required course for the M.Sc. degree in Economics at School of Economics and Business, NMBU. Topics covered in matrix algebra include: Summation operators, types of matrixes, matrix operations, Gauss-Jordan elimination, determinants, the inverse of a square matrix, matrix differentiation, Cramer's rule, and the matrix approach to regression. Topics covered in optimization include: Elasticities, the chain rule, unconstrained optimization, equality contrained optimization (Lagrange), inequality contrained optimization (Kuhn Tucker), implicit funtion theorem, and envelope theorem.
The course will introduce the matrix algebra used in courses in econometrics, and the tools required for solving optimization problems in economics. The focus is on applying the mathematical tools rather than proving them. An important part of the course is to solve problem sets.
The course consists of lectures and exercises. The students are encouraged to work in groups.
There will be exercises with teaching assistant(s).
  • Parts of Alpha C. Chiang and Kevin Wainwrigth (2005) Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics, McGraw Hill International edition.
  • Parts of Silberberg and Suen (2001). The Structure of Economics - A Mathematical Analysis, third edition, Irwin McGraw-Hill.
  • Lecture notes.

The required readings may change.

Forutsatte forkunnskaper:
Mathematics on the level of MATH100.
Anbefalte forkunnskaper:
Microeconomics on the level of ECN210/ECN212 and other courses in economics.
Obligatorisk aktivitet:
Written exam 3.5 hours (100%). 
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Normert arbeidsmengde:
150 hours. 
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).

There are the following reductions:

  • MATH111, 1 ECTS
  • MATH112, 1 ECTS
  • MATH130, 2 ECTS
There are four hours of lectures and exercises per day. About half the time will be allocated to lectures and the remaining time will be allocated to exercises.
Hjelpemidler ved skriftlig eksamen(er): Utdelt kalkulator Spesifiserte andre hjelpem.
Eksamensdetaljer: En skriftlig eksamen: Bestått / Ikke bestått