ECO-30046 - Industrial Organisation
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Progression from Level 5

Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module explores topics in industrial organization and regulation. The module examines imperfect competition, effect of market structure on firm behavior, pricing, cartel formation and anti-competitive practices. Non-cooperative game theory is used to study the strategic behavior of firms. The implications of market structure and market power for public regulation of industries are examined.

This module focuses on the study of imperfectly competitive markets, a much more realistic setting than the perfect competition case. The emphasis is on the behaviour of firms in such settings, in particular their quest for, and use of, market power. The strategic interaction of firms, including their pricing decisions and the possible equilibrium outcomes, are analysed in detail. The basic game-theoretic tools necessary for the study of industrial organisation will be taught in the context of the models being developed. The welfare implications of alternative market organisations, the consequences of market power, and the scope for government regulation and antitrust/competition policies will be considered.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate knowledge of key questions in the field of industrial organisation and regulation and their relevance
will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
analyse basic economic and strategic models of industrial organisation using game theoretic solution concepts such as Nash equilibrium and subgame perfect equilibrium will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
explain the implications of taking strategic considerations into account and relate how behaviour may be different in strategic environments compared to non-strategic environments will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
translate real-world situations into an abstract model in order to critically analyse and derive predictions of real-world behaviour will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
solve the "equilibrium" in various models of markets including oligopolistic markets, markets with dynamic interaction, markets with price discrimination and markets with vertical interaction will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
use strategic thinking to predict market outcomes in simple settings. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2

Study hours

Lectures: 20 hours
Small-group teaching: 5 hours
Reading/revision of lecture material: 85 hours
Preparation of problem sets: 20 hours
Class preparation: 20 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Class Test weighted 30%
One-hour in-class written work involving a mix of numerical and discursive questions
A sequence of short problem-solving questions and short descriptive questions designed to elicit understanding and act as a fitting mid-term revision exercise.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 70%
Two-hour unseen examination
Exam covering the syllabus of the whole module.