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EC208: Industrial Economics 1: Market Structure

  • Camilla Roncoroni

    Module Leader
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Autumn Module

Principal Aims

This module presents core topics in Industrial Economics. There is a focus on understanding market structure (explain why firms are grouped together in industries in particular ways). Also, students will learn about the nature of market power, why firms interact as they do in markets, and how the nature of these interactions influences economic performance in terms of efficiency, profits, technical progress and welfare.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Understand the nature of market power, why firms interact as they do in markets and how the nature of these interactions influences economic performance in terms of efficiency The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, reading The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed Essay, Exam

Understand the nature of empirical support for the theoretical modelsThe teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, reading The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed Essay, Exam

Solve algebraic problems relating to the standard modelsThe teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, reading The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed Essay, Exam

Understand more of the methodology of model-building and work in groups to solve problems.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, reading The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed Essay, Exam

Syllabus

The module will typically cover the following topics:Introduction to Industrial Economics; use of game theory in modelling strategic behaviour; models of market structure such as Bertrand, Cournot, and Stackelberg; Cartels and Collusion; product differentiation; entry and exit; contestable markets; measuring market structures; determinants of concentration; studies of structure and profitability.

Context

Core Module
L116 - Year 2
Optional Module
L1P5 - Year 1, L1PA - Year 1, LM1D (LLD2) - Year 2, V7ML - Year 2, V7ML - Year 3, V7MP - Year 2, V7MP - Year 3, V7MR - Year 2, L100 - Year 2, V7MR - Year 3, V7MM - Year 4, R9L1 - Year 4, R3L4 - Year 4, R4L1 - Year 4, R2L4 - Year 4, R1L4 - Year 4, LM1H - Year 4, L1L8 - Year 2, L1L8 - Year 3, LA99 - Year 2, LA99 - Year 3
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Autumn term only (1 x problem set and 1 x 1200 word essay – 12 CATS)

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + 2 hr examination (summer) (80%)
Coursework Details
Problem Set 1 (10%), 1200 word essay (10%), 2 hr examination (summer) (80%)
Exam Timing
Summer

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours.

Answer THREE questions from Section A (20 marks each), and FIVE out of SIX questions from Section B (40 marks in total). Answer Section A questions in one booklet and Section B questions in a separate booklet.

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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