[MWG] = Buy at Amazon Mas-Colell, Andreu, Michael D. Whinston, and Jerry R. Green. Microeconomic Theory. Oxford University Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780195073409.

[Varian] = Buy at Amazon Varian, Hal R. Microeconomic Analysis, Third Edition. W.W Norton & Company, 1992. ISBN: 9780393957358.

[BD] = Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Bolton, Patrick, and Mathias Dewatripont. Contract Theory. MIT Press, 2004. ISBN: 978026202576.

[Kreps] = Buy at Amazon Kreps, David M. A Course in Microeconomic Theory. Financial Times Prentice Hall, 1990. ISBN: 9780745007625. 

1-2 Decision Making Under Uncertainty

[MWG] Chapter 6 C-D, pp. 183–199. (Review)

Rothschild, Michael, and Joseph E. Stiglitz. "Increasing Risk I: A Definition." Journal of Economic Theory 2, no. 3 (1970): 225–243.

Wilson, Robert. "The Theory of Syndicates." Econometrica 36, no. 1 (1968):119–132.

Kamenica, Emir, and Matthew Gentzkow. "Bayesian Persuasion." American Economic Review 101, no. 6 (2011): 2590–2615.

Class Notes: Decision Making Under Uncertainity: Experiments and Value of Information (PDF).

3-6 Moral Hazard

[MWG] Chapter 14.

[BD] 4.1–4.5, 6.2, 8.1, and 12.4.2.

[Kreps] Chapter 16.

[Varian] Chapter 25.4. 

Buy at Amazon Hart, Oliver, and Bengt Holmstrom. "The Theory of Contracts." In Advances in Economic Theory: Fifth World Congress. Edited by Truman Fassett Bewley. Cambridge University Press, 1989. ISBN: 9780521389259.

Holmstrom, Bengt, and Paul Milgrom. "Multitask Principal-Agent Analysis." Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 7 (1991): 24–52.

Lazear Edward P., and Sherwin Rosen. "Rank-Order Tournaments as Optimum Labor Contracts." Journal of Political Economy 89 (1983): 841–64.

7-9 Adverse Selection (Screening)

[MWG] Chapter 13 D, pp. 460–467. 

[BD] 2.1–2.2 and 13.1.2.

[Kreps] Chapter 17.2, pp. 629–645.

[Varian] Chapter 25.6-25.9, pp. 457–469.

Stiglitz, Joseph E. and Michael Rothschild. "Equilibrium in Competitive Insurance Markets: An Essay on the Economics of Imperfect Information." Quarterly Journal of Economics 90, no. 4 (1976) 629–649.

Maskin, Eric, and John Riley. "Monopoly with Incomplete Information." The RAND Journal of Economics 15, no 2 (1984): 171–196.

10-11 Mechanism Design

[MWG] Chapter 23 A–D, pp. 857–891.

[BD] Chapter 7.

[Kreps] Chapter 18, pp. 661–713.

[Varian] Chapter 23, pp. 414–431.

Holmstrom, Bengt. "Groves’ Scheme on Restricted Domains."Econometrica 47, no. 5 (1979): 1137–44.

Myerson Roger B., and Mark A. Satterthwaite. "Efficient Mechanisms for Bilateral Trading." Journal of Economic Theory 29 (1983): 265–81.

Myerson, Roger B. "This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.Optimal Auction Design (PDF)." Northwestern University Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science, Discussion Papers No. 362, 1978.

12-13 Incomplete Contracts and Renogtiation

 [BD] Chapters 10.3, 11.1, and 12.1–12.3.

Buy at Amazon Hart, Oliver. Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure. Clarendon Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780198288817. Chapters 1–4. 

Grossman, Sanford J., and Oliver D. Hart. "The Costs and Benefits of Ownership: A Theory of Vertical and Lateral Integration." Journal of Political Economy 94, no. 4 (1986): 691–719.