ECO3026 : Industrial Economics and Policy

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To develop the ability of students to apply tools of modern microeconomics to examine the reasons for the existence of firms, the diversity of their forms, the way they interact and how government policy influences this.
2. To develop an understanding of the role of strategic interaction and information in shaping firms and market structure.

This module will provide students with an introduction to a branch of economic thought that evolved as an offshoot from standard microeconomic theory. The aim of industrial economics is to give a clearer understanding of the real-world causes and effects of various market structures on the choices of firms in terms of their performance. The course builds upon the tools learnt in intermediary microeconomics and covers issues such as market concentration, oligopoly, collusion, firm innovation and the survival of firms. The course employs a mix of theoretical analysis, empirical investigation and real life case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Determinants of Market Structure - What determines whether an industry has many (small) firms or is dominated by a few large firms?
2. The Measurement and Determination of Market Concentration - To what extent is an individual market dominated by its largest sellers (and therefore is market structure one of many competitive firms or oligopolistic)?
3. Static Models of Oligopoly Behaviour - How are major policy variables (price or quantity, advertising, R&D) determined in an interdependent ologopolistic market?

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture142:0028:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ECO3099Industrial Economics and Policy (Study Abroad Sem 1)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures introduce the material by providing an in-depth survey of current issues in Industrial Economics.
2. Workshops are used to take students through problem sets and extensions to lecture material and to give solutions to sets done in self study.
3. Seminars give students the opportunity to review and solve problems in small groups with the seminar leader.
4. Private study allows students to go over lecture content, and work on problems introduced in workshops.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests students ability to tackle problems in industrial economics and understanding of the implications.

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