SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Managerial economics

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Term 2
This module introduces students to the basic principles of economic analysis and decision sciences. It applies economic theory and decision sciences to business and management decision making. Topics covered include: decision problems, such as: product pricing and output, production technique, stock levels, advertising media and intensity, labour hiring and training, investment and financing); the theory of consumer choice and demand; the theory of the firm, theories of market structure and pricing; decision sciences; applications of economic theory and decision sciences to solve managerial decision problems; market failure and government policy; national and international economic structure (output and aggregate demand, inflation and unemployment, economic growth, and international trade and globalisation).
Module sign-up information for non-departmental open option students
  • Required approval: Approval is required from the Law and Social Sciences Faculty Office
  • Required pre-requisite module(s): None
  • Year of study: 2 or 3/Final
  • Maximum number of non-departmental students permitted per year: 10
  • Weekly timetable: One lecture (2 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour)

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of this module students should be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of micro and macro economics;
  • Apply economic principles to business situations;
  • Understand the role of economics in managerial decision making and public and private decision making;
  • Understand the principles of strategic interaction and competition and apply them to business strategy formation;
  • Understand the impact of macroeconomic forces, such as trade, growth and globalisation, on business performance and the wider economy.

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by 30% written coursework and 70% by one two hour examination

Suggested reading

Indicative Readings:

  • Stiglitz, J and Driffill, J (2000) Economics, Norton, London
  • Lipsey, R and Chrystal, A (2007) Economics, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Supplementary Readings:

  • Martin, L and Oughton, C (2000) Study Guide to Sitglitz and Driffill, Norton, London
  • Begg, D, Fischer, S and Dornbusch, R (2008) Economics, 8th Edition, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead
  • Mansfield, E et al (2005) Managerial Economics, Norton, London
  • Cowell, F (2006) Microeconomics: Principles and Analysis, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Salvatore, D (2003) Microeconomics: Theory and Application, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Begg, D and Ward, D (2006) Economics for Business, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead
  • Milgrom, P (1992) Economics, Organization and Management, Prentice Hall, London
  • Fitzroy, F, Acs, Z and Gerlowski, D (1997) Management and Economics of Organization, Prentice Hall, London
  • Roberts, J (2004) The Modern Firm, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Rugman, A and Brewer, T (eds) (2003) The Oxford Handbook of International Business, Oxford University Press, Oxford


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