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EC337: Industrial Economics 2: Market Economics, Competition & Regulation

  • Bertram Neurohr

    Module Leader
  • Ao Wang

    Module Lecturer
  • Caroline Elliott

    Module Lecturer
15 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

EC337-15 Industrial Economics 2: Market Economics, Competition & Regulation

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding:...demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to analyse competition and regulation policy in different market structures, covering economic regulation of firms and markets, applying critical analysis, formulating concepts and hypotheses, and showing how they are tested in relevant literature. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Subject knowledge and understanding:...demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Economic Principles; knowledge and understanding of core concepts and methods in micro and macroeconomics. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Subject knowledge and understanding:...demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how theory and economics are applied to solve and address competition problems within different market structures. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Subject knowledge and understanding:...demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research issues; familiarity with contemporary empirical debates and latest research in industrial economics. Understanding of how to approach an economic problem from the perspective of a contemporary researcher in economics. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Subject-specific and Professional Key General Skills:...demonstrate proficiency in study and research skills such as: data skills; use of library and internet as information sources. Knowledge of how to locate relevant data, extract appropriate data, analyse and present material. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Subject-specific and Professional Key General Skills:...demonstrate proficiency in study and research skills such as: mathematical/statistical skills; use/application of mathematics and diagrams in economic analysis; understanding of statistical analysis of data. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Subject-specific and Professional Key General Skills:...demonstrate proficiency in study and research skills such as reviewing the relevant literature and evidence. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Subject-specific and Professional Key General Skills:...demonstrate proficiency in study and research skills such as communicating their knowledge and understanding to others, verbally and in writing. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Cognitive skills:...demonstrate capacity of analytical thinking, reasoning and application. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Cognitive skills:...demonstrate capacity of critical, creative and strategic thinking. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Cognitive skills:...demonstrate capacity of abstraction and problem solving. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Cognitive skills:...demonstrate capacity of applying critical analysis to the topics of the module, formulating concepts and hypotheses, and showing how they are tested in relevant literature. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, seminars, guided reading and independent study. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay and Briefing paper.

Syllabus

The core topics in the syllabus for this module will be based on the following:

1. Market Failures and Competition Policy Theories of market structure, conduct and performance and their relationship to antitrust policy. Theory will be complemented by extensive reference to experiences in the UK, EU and the United States. Specific topics are likely to include:

•The concept of market definition;

•Measures, determinants, and consequences of horizontal concentration and market power (dominance);

•Prohibition on restrictive practices and abuses of dominance (articles 101 & 102 TFEU);

•Substantial lessening of competition tests; horizontal merger policy;

•Vertical structures including vertical integration, restraints, mergers, and operational separation;

•Per se rules versus rule of reason (as part of the wider debate on effects based competition policy versus form based competition policy);

•Essential facilities, access pricing remedies and multi-sided markets;

•Innovation and dynamic efficiency

2. Natural monopoly, Market Liberalisation and Regulation Modern regulatory practice, particularly in relation to communications and other networked public utilities. It analyses technical, economic and societal regulatory theory and practice. Specific topics are likely to inc:

•Incentive-based (“smart”) regulation,

•Use of market-based and/or ex ante regulation (e.g. spectrum auctions) and regulatory reform.

•Specific cases include ‘converged’ regulators (Ofcom formed in 2003 in the UK combines the former duties of five separate regulatory bodies) and self- and co-regulation in e.g. financial and professional services, animal disease management and Internet regulation.

•Examples from Internet economics (e.g. cloud computing networks) and health care management procurement are likely to feature.

However, the module leader may add additional topics and sub-topics within the scope set out by the aims and learning outcomes of the module and subject to the approval of the department.

Context

Optional Module
GL11 - Year 3, GL12 - Year 4, L100 - Year 3, L103 - Year 4, L1P5 - Year 1, L1PA - Year 1, LM1D (LLD2) - Year 3, LM1H - Year 4, V7ML - Year 3, V7MM - Year 4, V7MP - Year 3, V7MR - Year 3, LA99 - Year 3, R9L1 - Year 4, R3L4 - Year 4, R4L1 - Year 4, R2L4 - Year 4, R1L4 - Year 4, L1L8 - Year 3, L116 - Year 3, L117 - Year 4
Pre or Co-requisites
EC202 (with EC208 and EC231 desirable) or EC204 (with EC208 and EC231 desirable). EC231 and EC208 are recommended though not a formal pre-requisite. For those without EC231 or EC208, it is recommended that material covered in the EC208 and EC231 syllabus is the basis for private study during the summer vacation. Modules: EC204-30 or EC202-30

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
Written Assignment (30%) - Eligible for self-certification: No, Briefing paper (70%) - Eligible for self-certification: No CATS:
Exam Timing
N/A

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