Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Elena Paglialunga On appointment by email and at the end of classes.
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Economics and Management (LM-77)
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims at introducing the student to the main fundamentals of microeconomic analysis, analyzing the aspects of demand, supply, market structure and public intervention. It will also highlight the methodological differences that distinguish microeconomic and macroeconomic approaches. The course aims at learning the main economic concepts and mechanisms and developing the ability to interpret the functioning of markets and the interactions of the main macroeconomic macroeconomic issues.


The first part of the course is dedicated to the introduction of the fundamental notions of microeconomics analysis, understanding consumer and firms behavior and the different types of market structures.

The second part of the course, concerning the study of macroeconomics, is dedicated to the analysis of the functioning of the economic system and economic aggregates such as output, consumption and investment expenditure, employment and inflation.

  • Introduction: demand, supply and equilibrium
  • Consumer theory: consumer constraints and choices, consumer and market demand
  • Production technologies and firm costs
  • Market structures: perfect and imperfect competition
  • Markets and public intervention
  • Introduction to macroeconomics and national accounting
  • Unemployment, inflation, consumption and investment
  • Financial system and markets
  • The model of the multiplier
  • The model AS-AD
  • The model IS-LM
  • Growth and economic development

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding: by the end of the course, the student will acquire knowledge and skills enabling her/him to understand basic economic concepts, economic behaviours of demand and supply, the functioning of markets and macroeconomic relations.

Applying knowledge and understanding: the student will be able to understand the basic concepts of the discipline and learn how to use the main tools to understand economic dynamics and interpretate economic phenomena.

Making judgements: the student will develop the critical ability to assess economic situations, to relate them to concrete problems and evaluate the solutions proposed with regard to economic policy issues.

Communication skills: the student will develop the ability to discuss with sound terminology and arguments aspects of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and learn how to debate economic policy problems using appropriate analytical tools and evidence.

Learning skills: the student will develop a range of skills enabling her/him to understand economic concepts and use those concepts to analyze specific questions. Students should be more autonomous and able to identify and evaluate economic aspects of some social problems.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Supplementary material available on the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lectures.


Highly recommended.

Course books

P.A. Samuelson, W.D. Nordhaus, C.A. Bollino, ECONOMIA, McGraw-Hill, 21^ Edizione, Capitoli 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30.

Supplementary material available on the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it


Written test with five open-ended questions. The student will have to answer in an articulate and in-depth manner, in order to demonstrate that he/she has acquired full knowledge and understanding of the topics, that he/she is able to analyse them critically and to present them in a rigorous manner in a limited time. Once the written test has been passed, the student will have access to an additional oral examination.

A minimum mark of 18/30 is required to pass the exam. A mark of between 18 and 20 indicates a sufficient level of competence, where the candidate demonstrates knowledge and understanding. A mark of between 21 and 23 indicates full proficiency, where knowledge and understanding are fully demonstrated. A mark between 24 and 26 indicates a good level of competence, in which the candidate also demonstrates some independent judgement. Between 27 and 29 the candidate also demonstrates some communication skills, while a mark between 30 and 30 with distinction indicates an excellent level of competence, where in addition to the above skills, the candidate also demonstrates the ability to learn.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Same as the attending students. It is advisable to contact the lecturer during reception hours for any clarifications regarding the topics under study.


Same as the attending students.

Course books

Same as the attending students.


Same as the attending students.

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