Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. TEK140 overlaps following cours/es: NEK603, NEKH21 and NEKK16. Optional for: I4. Course coordinator: Professor Jerker Holm,, Department of Economics. Prerequisites: Microeconomics for Technicians (VFT120, TEK115, TEK116 or EXTA40). Assessment: Written exams take place at the end of the course. There will be further opportunities for examination close to this date. A voluntary home assignment that is carried out in a group of students will be graded, and the marks carried forward to examinations taken the same term. Further information: Corresponds to NEKK16. Home page:

The purpose of the course is to introduce some prominent models and tools that are used in the field industrial organization and to give an overview of important issues and empirical results in the field.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

be able to understand and account for:

· the underlying oprinciples that determines market structure,

· the most important methods used by a monopoly to exploit its market power,

· basic oligopoly theory concerning competition with quantity and price,

· various activities limiting competition such as cartels and barriers to entry,

· the motives for company mergers and their most important effects,

· various forms of vertical competition among companies and their effects,

· factors that affect companies’ investment i research and development.~

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

have demonstrated an ability to independently:

· analyse market structure and identify relevant markets,

· state and analyse effects of various price setting and product differentiation methods that can be used by a monopoly,

· derive the equilbrium in simple models of oligopoly and be able to account for the economic implications of the model,

· analyse the effects and background of various activities for limiting competition,

· analyse the consequences of company mergers,

· state and analyse effects of various forms of vertical cooperation,

· apply simple models for analyzing what affects companies investment in research and development.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

have developed the ability to pursue further studies in the subject and should be able to search for and evaluate information with a high degree of independence.

The course contains an overview of the theoretical tools and models used to analyse issues of how firms act on markets towards consumers and other firms. In many cases, the course focuses on models of markets that are more specific and more realistic than traditional microeconomic theory where general results often are emphasized. After the analysis of the concept of market structure, the course mainly consists of three parts. The first part analyses how a monopolist exploits its market power through price discrimination, horizontal and vertical product differentiation and the offering of packages. The second part contains a strategic analysis of how firms interact with each other according to the traditional theory of oligopoly and according to newer models based on non-cooperative game theory. This part also contains the law governing restrictive practices and recent cases of cartels and misuse of a dominant position from an economic perspective. The third part concerns contractual agreements among firms. The focus is on various forms of vertical contracts such as vertical pricing and exclusive territories, but horizontal contracts are also analysed. Finally, theories on R&D and patents are treated.

Pepall, L., Richards, D. & Norman, G.: Industrial Organization: contemporary theory and practice. South-Western College Publishing, 2005, 3rd edition.
Supplementary material.