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040101 UK Industrial Organization (BA) (2015W)

8.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 05.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 06.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 12.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 13.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 19.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 20.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 27.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 03.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 09.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 10.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 16.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 17.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 23.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 24.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 30.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 01.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 07.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Monday 14.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 15.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 11.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 12.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 18.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 25.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Industrial organisation is concerned with the use of economic analysis in studying competition between firms and the evolution of market structure. We will focus on understanding the way firms make decisions and the effects of those decisions on market outcomes like prices, quantities, the type of products offered, and social welfare.

Over the past decade, this has been one of the most exciting areas of economics, as a new generation of game-theoretic models have provided us with new ways of analysing a range of practical issues, and addressing some long-standing empirical questions.

Fundamental questions pursued in this course include: Why are markets organized the way they are? How do the ways in which a market is organized affect firms' behavior? How does the behavior of firms affect the structure of markets and market outcomes? We will also study predatory pricing, cartel stability, the role of non-price competition, and the evolution of high technology industries.

The goals of the course include development of intuition for pricing and other strategic behavior by firms, and development of skills for analysis of formal models. Readings and class discussions will provide background and introduction to a variety of topics. The theoretical models introduced in the lectures will be supplemented with case studies of specific industries.

Target group: Bachelor Students in Economics (2. Studienabschnitt VWL).

Prerequisites: Microeconomics I (Mikroökonomie I) and Game Theory I (SpieltheorieI).

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading will be as follows. One midterm (30%), one final (50%), problem sets (10%) and classroom participation (10%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

You can choose either one of these two textbooks:

J. Church and R. Ware, Industrial Organization: A Strategic Approach, McGraw Hill, 2000 (Less technical, more empirical illustrations). This book is now available online and can be downloaded for free at http://homepages.ucalgary.ca/~jrchurch/page4/page4.html

J. Tirole: Theory of Industrial Organization, MIT Press, 1989 (More technical)

Students who would like to have a more elementary introduction to basic game-theoretic models may wish to consult R. Gibbons, A Primer in Game Theory, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992.

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