Business Economics MA(SocSci)

Economics of Business: Contracts and Governance ECON4007

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The main aims of this course are to present an analysis, using the approach and techniques of modern economics, of the co-ordination and motivation problems that arise due to increasing specialisation, and the potential solutions to these problems in the form of various types of contracts and governance structures.


Lectures: 10 x 2-hour lectures.

Tutorials: 5 x 1 hour tutorials are held at various times and can be selected on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses



1 in course exam (40%), 1 degree exam (60%)

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity:

■ To apply tools developed in intermediate microeconomics to a variety of (business and economics) situations characterised by asymmetric information, including the relations between managers and employees, stockholders and mangers, insurance companies and potential clients, and sellers and buyers of used cars.

■ To learn how incentives and social institutions can help to overcome problems created by such asymmetric information. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. formulate well-organised arguments and communicate effectively specific economic issues in written and graphical form;

2. formalise and critically analyse models involving asymmetric information and to use these models to explain a variety of economic phenomena surrounding business economics that cannot be understood using full information models;

3. critically analyse realistic problems that confront consultants, managers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and others which are incompletely specified;

4. apply microeconomic analysis to critically evaluate business events and everyday problems;

5. effectively use mathematical methods to develop problem-solving skills, perform proofs and prepare for further graduate studies in the areas of economics/finance/management.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits