The Principles of Microeconomics course was developed through the Ohio Department of Higher Education OER Innovation Grant. This work was completed and the course was posted in December 2019. The course is part of the Ohio Transfer Assurance Guides and is also named OSS004. For more information about credit transfer between Ohio colleges and universities, please visit: www.ohiohighered.org/transfer.Content ContributorsKen Fah Ohio Dominican UniversityJohn Fiske Ohio Dominican UniversityJoe Nowakowski Muskingum UniversityLibrarianNathan Wolfe Kenyon CollegeReview TeamMolly Cooper Ohio State University Subbu Kumarappan Ohio State University ATI
This topic presents an evaluation of the effect on competition of scale economies, and acquisitions and mergers. It also covers methods of measuring market concentration as well as a discussion of possible policy measures designed to limit the damage from concentration.
In this topic, students will be introduced to the elements of international trade. They’ll learn about the gains from trade and how they arise. They’ll learn the difference between absolute and comparative advantage and why comparative advantage is the key to profitable trade. They’ll also be exposed to the types of trade restrictions imposed by governments and the usual justifications for those restrictions.
In this topic, students will be introduced to the concept of market failure and learn about its two prime examples, the presence of externalities and the provision of public goods. The concept of externalities will be explained through the use of examples such as environmental protection and technological innovation. The resources identified below also include a brief coverage of market efficiency, which would usually be covered elsewhere, if the instructor wishes to review.
This topic introduces the features of the market for labor, a factor of production. It examines the factors that determine the demand for labor and supply of labor. Equilibrium employment and wages under different assumptions of output and labor market structure are presented. It considers the potential consequences of the minimum wage for workers and employers. Current developments in US labor markets including labor unions, and their implications for trends in wages and earnings are explored.
This topic introduces key concepts that form the foundation of much of microeconomic analysis. The material ranges from a discussion of model-building as a way to simplify complex relationships among economic variables to definitions and descriptions of key concepts such as scarcity, efficiency and inefficiency, opportunity cost, comparative advantage and the gains from trade.
In this topic, students will be introduced to monopoly. They’ll learn what a monopoly is, how it differs from perfect competition and what conditions give rise to it. They’ll also learn how monopolists decide on the profit-maximizing level of output and price. The social costs and benefits of monopoly will also be covered. In addition to monopoly, the topic will cover price discrimination.
This topic presents an introduction to the economics of US healthcare, with a focus on the major players including consumers, providers, private insurance, and government. It covers the challenges and opportunities for the US healthcare system including quality, costs, and access. An application of supply and demand analysis to healthcare markets is discussed. It compares U.S. health outcomes to those of other countries. Students are introduced to various data sources on US and global healthcare.