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Unit information: Industrial and Managerial Economics in 2015/16

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Unit name Industrial and Managerial Economics
Unit code EFIMM0031
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Simpson
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Economics, Finance and Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit aims to introduce students to a range of issues in industrial and business economics. Theoretical models in industrial economics often have direct applications in practice. The course will couple the analysis of formal theoretical models with real-world case studies and policy issues. Topics to be covered are likely to include: market power and collusion; firm pricing decisions, vertical contracts; research and development; and networks and standards.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to

  1. Apply theoretical models of industrial economics to the business decisions of firms, and understand the implications of firm conduct for market structure and firm and consumer welfare
  2. Think critically about the application of the models to case studies and to real-world policy issues, for example in the areas of competition policy and policy towards innovation.

Teaching Information

10hrs lectures, 5 hrs tutorials

Assessment Information

  • Formative assessment:
    1,500 word essay
  • Summative assessment:
    3 hour examination in May/June

Formative assessment: one essay (1,500 words). The essay will require students to draw on the theoretical models covered in the course. It will require them to set out formal models, to think critically about the theory and to apply it to real world situations. Addresses Intended Learning Outcomes 1 and 2.

Students will also prepare responses to short-answer questions, on both theory and case studies for each of the tutorial exercise classes. Addresses Intended Learning Outcomes 1 and 2.

Summative assessment: 100% 3-hour written exam. Students will select three essays from a range of topics. Essays will require students to demonstrate knowledge of both theory and the application of theory to cases. Addresses Intended Learning Outcomes 1 and 2.

Reading and References

  1. Luis Cabral (2000) Introduction to Industrial Organization. MIT Press. (Second Edition due to be published soon.)
  2. Besanko et al. (2007), Economics of Strategy, John Wiley