37297 - Industrial Organization

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students are able to understand firm behavior at the strategic level for what concern pricing, market equilibrium, investments and innovation. The course will introduce studnets to studying organisational issues related to incentives and agency theory.

Course contents

Part 1: Presentation of the course and microeconomics background.

Part 2: Game theory and oligopoly.

Part 3: Market structure

Part 4: Non-price strategies


L. Cabral, Introduction to Industrial Organization, second edition, Mit Press, 2017.

Except: 7.4 (meaning section 4 of chapter 7), 8.3, 19.4, 14.4, 14.5, chapter 16.

Teaching methods

Standard front teaching and online.

Students with disability or specific learning disabilities (DSA) are required to make their condition known to find the best possibile accomodation to their needs.

Assessment methods

The exam will be written in presence. For special needs only, it will be oral and individual on the Teams platform and it will last approximately 20 minutes.

The written exam will last between 60 and 75 minutes and  will be made of exercises (worth about 2/3 of the grade) and questions (about 1/3 of the grade).

The overall exam could be split in two partial exams following the same rules as the full exam.

The grade is graduated as follows:

<18 failed
18-23 sufficient
24-27 good
28-30 very good
30 e lode excellent

Students can reject the final grade obtained at the exam once. To this end, he/she must email a request to the instructor within the date set for registration. The instructor will confirm reception of the request by email within the same date.

Teaching tools

The textbook, exercises and slides.

Office hours

See the website of Flavio Delbono