Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Luciano Messori

  • Crediti formativi 6

  • SSD SECS-P/03

  • Modalità didattica Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Campus di Bologna

  • Corso Laurea Magistrale in Economia e diritto (cod. 5913)


L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Istruzione di qualità Lavoro dignitoso e crescita economica

Anno Accademico 2022/2023

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

In recent years, first in markets for trust services (financial, insurance, health, education, social) and then in markets for ordinary services and durable goods, quantitative indicators have been developed to reduce information asymmetries, to foster competition and, more generally, to promote allocative efficiency. The increased availability of data on the characteristics of services and goods, as well as of their users, is likely to lead to a further increase in the use of these indicators and therefore to a growing need to verify their allocative effects. Moreover, there will be rising problems due to potential conflicts of interest on the head of the third-party certifiers. The course will provide the students with the law and economics tools to understand the effects of different types of performance indicators and of the different forms of regulation of the markets for certification as well as of the different types of public agencies’ interventions.


Markets with asymmetric information: private and public regulatory tools

  • Allocative effects of asymmetric information
  • Contractual solutions and market regulation
  • Quality disclosure and third-party certification
  • Accreditation, ratings and rankings

The effects of ratings and rankings

  • Country performance indicators (capital markets and foreign investments)
  • Financial and insurance markets
  • Professional services (health, education and legal services)


The reading list and the slides are available on Virtuale.

Metodi didattici

The lessons will be offered in class unless the governing bodies of the University of Bologna will decide otherwise.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

Students regularly attending the lectures can take the exam discussing a presentation on one of the themes dealt with during the course. Those who do not choose to give the presentation have to take a written test to assess their ability to critically evaluate some of the themes discussed during the course. In the written test (oral only if impossible to organize it face to face), students are given outlines to develop short essays in two hours. Students can choose the approach that is more coherent with their own background. However, they are expected to address the proposed themes with a good level of rigour and appropriateness and to take into consideration the interdisciplinary nature of the issues at stake.

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.

The grade will go from 30 to 18, depending on the level of understanding of the relevant material, and the quality of the writing output. The student has the right to refuse the passing grade obtained only once.


-Outstanding grasp of the course material.

-Excellent writing output


-Substantial understanding of the course material.

-Good writing output


-Decent understanding of the course material.

-Decent writing output


-Sufficient understanding of the course material.

-Sufficient writing output.

Negative assessment

-Scarce understanding of the course material.

-Scarce writing output.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Blackboard and chalk. Slides.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Luciano Messori