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Fundamentals of Economics

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The course introduces the student to both microeconomic and macroeconomic issues.

Introduction to Management Engineering series

This MOOC is part of the Introduction to Management Engineering series, which is designed to introduce prospect master students and people interested in managerial disciplines into the key fundamentals of Management Engineering. Through an analytical and engineering approach, the series provides basic concepts and language in the areas of Strategy, Economics, Financial Accounting, Organization, and Operations Management.

The series is the result of a collaborative design between METID, the service of Politecnico di Milano devoted to e-learning and e-collaboration, and the Study Course in Management Engineering.

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Course description

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the theoretical framework and the basic tools needed to understand and to give a critical assessment of the behavior of economic agents (consumers, producers, institutions) in a market economy, both in a microeconomic and in a macroeconomic perspective. This allows to better understand the economic context and to make appropriate economic decisions.

This introduction to Economics provides a useful basis for a number of other courses, also in different subjects, in which economic choices by firms, consumers, policy-makers are discussed.

The first part of the course deals with Microeconomics, that is the study of individual economic behavior of consumers and firms, and how they determine the market equilibrium under different forms of competition. This part is based on online open access course given at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) by prof. Jonathan Gruber (14.01SC Principles of Microeconomics. Fall 2011. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA) and adapted by the course faculty.

The second part of the course covers the basics of Macroeconomics, that is the study of the determinants of a country’s Gross Domestic Product, employment and income as whole, and of the fluctuations experienced by economic systems. This part of the course deals also with the economic policies, both fiscal and monetary policies, that can be put in place to influence the overall economic equilibrium of a country.


No formal knowledge is required.

Discussion forum

The forum of this MOOC is freely accessible and participation is not guided; you can use it to discuss your ideas on the course content with other participants.

Quizzes and scores

The course is organized into different weeks and modules. At the end of each module, you will find a quiz to check your understanding.

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Course Faculty

Anna Florio

Anna Florio

Anna Florio is currently Associate Professor of Economics and Macroeconomics of Finance at the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano – Italy. She holds a Laurea from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan in 1996, a Master of Science from Bocconi University in 1997 and a Ph.D. (Economics) from the Università di Pavia in 2001. Her research interests are in the fields of macroeconomics, monetary economics, applied macroeconomics.

Fabio Sdogati

Fabio Sdogati

Fabio Sdogati was born in Ancona (Italy). He holds a Laurea from the University of Roma, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He has been a Jean Monnet Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute and an Associate Professor of Monetary Economics at the University of Parma (Italy). Currently he is Professor of International Economics at Politecnico di Milano and Director of Educational Public Programs at MIP Business School.

His research interest range from the effects of exchange rate fluctuations on international competitiveness of firms, to the effects of international fragmentation of production on comparative advantages.

He acknowledges research support, among others, from the Commission of the European Union, the Italian National Research Council, the Miles Foundation, the Italian Ministry for University and Scientific Research.

Lucia Tajoli

Lucia Tajoli

Lucia Tajoli is Professor of Political Economics at the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. She is also member of the Department Board.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from Bocconi University in 1994.

At Politecnico di Milano, she teaches courses in Economics, International Economics and International Markets and European Institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She had teaching appointments in International Economics at Bocconi University, at Sant'Anna School of Superior Studies in Pisa, and at the Ford School of Public Policy of the University of Michigan.

Additional affiliations include the Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) in Milan, as Senior Research Fellow on European Studies, the Italian Trade Study Group, the Scientific Committee of the Italian Trade Agency, the Scientific Committee of the European Trade Study Group. She is frequently invited as a speaker and visiting professor in other European universities and institutions, and in international conferences.

Her research activity focuses on theoretical and empirical issues related to international trade, trade policy and economic integration among countries, especially through international fragmentation of production. On these topics, she published about one hundred works on national and international scientific journals, in edited volumes and in working papers collections.

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  1. Classes Start

    May 16, 2022
  2. Classes End

    Jan 06, 2023
  3. Length

    6 Weeks
  4. Estimated Effort

    4-5 hours/week
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