To have a basic understanding of the problems addressed by Economic Theory, both at the microeconomics (consumer and firm behavior, market mechanisms) and the macroeconomics level (macroeconomics variables and economic policy). In general terms, it is expected that students learn basic microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and learn how to analyze problems that are new to them in a formal way, based on (economic) models, developing their logic reasoning skills

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Célia Maria Castanheira de Moura da Costa Cabral


Weekly - 3

Total - 42

Teaching language





Samuelson, Paul e W. Nordhaus, 2005, Microeconomics, 18th Edition, McGraw-Hill.
Samuelson, Paul e W. Nordhaus, 2005, Macroeconomics, 18th Edition, McGraw-Hill.
Frank, Robert, 2003, Microeconomics and Behavior, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill
Dornbusch, R., S. Fisher e R. Startz, 2004, Macroeconomics, 9th Edition, McGraw Hill.

Teaching method

Available soon

Evaluation method

The evaluation is made up of two mid-term tests.

Subject matter

1. Fundamental concepts in economics: scarcity and choice. Production possibilities frontier and opportunity cost.
2. & 3. Supply function and demand function.
4. Market equilibrium. Consumer and producer surplus.
5. Demand and supply elasticity.
6. Public intervention: Taxes and subsidies, price ceilings and price floors. 
7. Production function and cost functions: total cost, average cost and marginal cost. 
8. The perfect competition case. Short and long and run equilibria. 
9. Market equilibrium and efficiency. Market failures, public goods and externalities.
10. Monopoly theory: uniform price and price discrimination. Welfare effects. 
11. Introduction to macroeconomics. National Accounts.
12. The multiplier model.
13. Inflation.