Industrial Organization studies the impact of market structure on strategy, conduct, and economic performance. Monopolists, oligopolists, and competitors behave differently on pricing, entry, innovation, marketing, product differentiation, and other decisions. These differences have important implications for economic efficiency and public policy. Antitrust law, economic regulation and deregulation, public ownership and privatization have all been responses to industrial organization problems.
This course will use a series of industry studies to develop the theoretical framework of industrial organization, to examine economic problems related to each market structure, and to analyze public policy.
This course will have three exams and a group presentation
Topic sheets from last time are available. These will be updated before each exam.
Topics for Exam One
Topics for Exam Two
Topics for Final Exam
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) A list of SIC codes , or search OSHA SIC code site
US Census Bureau
2002 Economic Census 1997 Economic Census
Industry Concentration: CR4 and Herfindahl explained , Table of concentration ratios (pdf) [big and slow to download]
US Department of Agriculture
American Airlines Predation case
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