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MARKET FAILURES, INSTITUTIONS, AND ECONOMIC POLICY
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - Utrecht University - 'Utrecht Univ.'
UC Course SubjectEconomics
Number & Suffix: 100
Full UC Title: MARKET FAILURES, INSTITUTIONS, AND ECONOMIC POLICY 
Transcript Title: MARKT FAIL & POLICY 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: The course discusses the general microeconomic theory of market failures and of the institutions to cope with these failures. Examples include contract law, property rights, reputations, credit rating agencies, the state monopoly of violence, democracy, and the constitution. Institutions emerge as an attempt to minimize transaction cost, or equivalently, to internalize externalizations. The course offers a detailed analysis of the basic forms of market failure or transaction cost: asymmetric information (bargaining, moral hazard, adverse selection) and the inability to commit (commitment to future behavior, commitment to community equal to free riding). Students analyze when the market creates the necessary institutions itself (private law) and when political coordination is required (public law). The course discusses a wide number of practical institutions, including social security, cities, financial markets, and principal agent problems in bureaucracies. The course shows that all these market failures and institutions to cope with them are explained by a small number of mechanisms that show up time and again in different contexts. The course stresses the links of economics to sociology, law, history, political science, biology and psychology. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: MARKET FAILURES, INSTITUTIONS & ECONOMIC POLICY 
Partner University Department: Economics 
Partner University Course Number: ECB2MFIEP