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Unit information: Industrial Economics in 2020/21

Unit name Industrial Economics
Unit code ECON30076
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Maija Halonen-Akatwijuka
Open unit status Not open

EFIM20033 Intermediate Microeconomics AND
EFIM20011 Econometrics 1
EFIM20038 Microeconomic Analysis AND
EFIM20010 Applied Quantitative Research Methods



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This course examines strategic interactions between firms and the determinants of industrial structure. The first part of the unit is theoretical. It concentrates on the analysis of various aspects of oligopolistic industries, including collusion, foreclosure and networks and how the firms' behaviour can be constrained by competition policy. Furthermore, students apply economic theory to case studies in e.g. the battle between Blu-Ray and HD DVD.

Industrial Economics covers applied and empirical models in I.O. The course mostly covers issues in competition policy and its applications to different environments. The unit will help students to interpret empirical evidence and to apply economic theory to practical policy questions.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Students will be familiar with theoretical models of Industrial Organization.
  2. Students will be able to apply the models in a relevant way in case study analysis.
  3. Students will be able to critically interpret empirical evidence on firm performance.
  4. Students will be able to apply economic theory and evidence to real-world policy questions.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Details

Two pieces of coursework (100%)

Reading and References

Pepall, Richards and Norman (2008) Industrial Organization: Contemporary Theory and Empirical Applications (Blackwell)

Journal articles