Industrial Organization

Course content

The course will present students with some of the main results and models of modern industrial economics. It is a standard course focusing on theoretical as well as applied aspects of industrial organization. Main topics covered are:
- Market structure and market power
- Cost and technology
- Monopoly power
- Oligopoly and strategic interaction
- Anticompetitive strategies
- Contractual relations between firms


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Learning outcome

The objective of this course is to learn concepts and techniques of analysis in Industrial Economics and to apply this knowledge to problems faced by decision makers in the business organizations as well as policy analysts.

After completing the course the student should be able to:

Students are expected to
- Know some theoretical modeling and results concerning different market forms; quantity setting, pricing and bundling, product variety and quality.
- Know some modeling and results concerning firms’ strategic interaction; Cournot, Bertrand and Stackelberg models.
- Know some modeling and result concerning anticompetitive strategies; limit pricing and entry deterrence, predatory pricing, cartels and collusion.
- Know some modeling and results concerning contractual relations between firms; horizontal and vertical mergers, and vertical price restraints.

- Know some modeling and results concerning non-price competition; information and advertising, research & development, and patents.

Students are expected to
- Understand various results and techniques related to market forms, organization and firms’ strategic interaction.
- Reflect on particular cases using the models and analytical tools of industrial economics.

Students should be able to
- Identify and analyze basic industrial organization issues.
- Analyze particular issues related to firms strategies and market forms.

The instruction consists of a combination of lectures (which review the basic theories and models) exercises, case studies, text reading and discussion. In addition each student will have to write an individual essay.

See Absalon for a list of course literature.


Course in intermediate microeconomics

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
Written assignment, made during the course
Type of assessment details
Description of Examination: 3-hour written examination in course curriculum. During the course the student has to hand in an essay which will be part of the overall assesment.

The grade is to be set as a weighted average of the results from the part-examinations.

Weight: Written examination= 75% Written essay= 25%

The course has been selected for ITX exam
See important information about ITX-exams at Study Information, menu point: Exams -> Exam types and rules -> Written on-site exams (ITX)
Only certain aids allowed

Specific aids: Calculator, one A4 sheet with equations named “Equations exam industrial organization nifk14022u”.


Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

To obtain the grade 12 the student has to fullfil the Learning Outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 32
  • Preparation
  • 123
  • Theory exercises
  • 28
  • Project work
  • 20
  • Exam
  • 3
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
No limits
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Natural Resources, Environment and Animal Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Food and Resource Economics
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinators
  • Jens Leth Hougaard   (3-6f716d456e6b777433707a336970)
  • Jens Gudmundsson   (2-6e6b446d6a7673326f7932686f)
Saved on the 31-08-2022

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