Courses Master Display 2023-2024

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Course title Market Regulation and Competition Policy
Course code EBC4239
ECTS credits 5,0
Assessment Whole/Half Grades
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
4 5-2-2024 28-3-2024 X X
Level Intermediate
Coordinator Marco Catola
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Language of instruction English
The goals are threefold. The first goal is to develop an understanding of when and how markets fail to reach an efficient outcome, and how such market failures can result in the need for regulatory intervention. Participants will learn to identify market failures and to critically assess the policy implications and responses that result. The second goal is to introduce game-theoretic methods that are used in modern industrial organization. The third tool is to apply these methods to the analysis of competition policy.
The course starts by reviewing key concepts in the classical theory of regulation -such as monopoly pricing, externalities, the provision of incentives to innovate- and the common regulatory responses. Game theoretic models of firm behaviour, such as price competition by firms in oligopolistic market, are discussed next. Following the development of the analytical toolkit, the course turns to the analysis of competition policy: competition policy aims at maintaining or improving competitive interactions in market economies. The course assesses the pro-competitive effects of existing antitrust legislations, and introduces empirical methods to determine relevant markets, to analyse market power, and to detect collusive and abusive conduct. These ideas are applied to a number of real cases, such the telecommunications industry and the music/software industry.
* Viscusi, W.K., Harrington, J.E., and Vernon, J.M.(2005), , Economics of Regulation and Antitrust, MIT Press.
* Walter Nicholson and Christopher M. Snyder, Microeconomic Theory (2002): Basic Principles and Extensions, South-Western.
* Research papers
This course is in transition.

The following rule applies to master Economics students who started the programme prior to academic year 2023/24.
In AY23/24 students can repeat education for EBC4239, in AY24/25 students are allowed to repeat the examination

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Education deadline: December 3, 2023
Exam deadline: March 10, 2024
Resit deadline: May 12, 2024

See the Transitional Regulations section in the Master Education and Examination Regulations for more information.

Game Theory, Probability, Advanced Microeconomics.
Teaching methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) PBL / Presentation / Assignment / Papers / Groupwork / Research / Skills
Assessment methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) Participation / Assignment / Presentation / Take home exam
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Transitional Regulations See prerequisites