Spring 2016

Industrial Organization

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-225

Formerly listed as: ECON-24

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Jun Ishii (Section 01)

Description

This course examines the determinants of and linkages between market structure, firm conduct, and industrial performance. Some of the questions that will be addressed include: Why do some markets have many sellers while others have only few? How and why do different market structures give rise to different prices and outputs? In what ways can firms behave strategically so as to prevent entry or induce exit of rival firms? Under what circumstances can collusion be successful? Why do firms price discriminate? Why do firms advertise? Does a competitive firm or a monopoly have a greater incentive to innovate? In answering these and other questions, the consequent implications for efficiency and public policy will also be explored.

Requisite: ECON 111/111E. Limited to 50 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Ishii.

If Overenrolled: Students may be asked to describe their academic background and interest in the course. The class will be selected to achieve a group with diverse academic backgrounds and interests. Some preference will be given to economics majors.

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016