Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study

ECON6006 - Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Vladimir Smirnov
Phone: +61 2 9036 9297
Email: vladimir.smirnov@sydney.edu.au

Description

The purpose of this unit is to examine the nature of inter-firm rivalry in industries with market power. The unit begins with an exploration of the various ways in which firms can increase their market power by extracting more surplus from consumers by colluding with rivals or by excluding entrants. The topics for this part of the unit include price discrimination, product differentiation, advertising, research and development, predation and mergers. The unit also attempts to explain the various contractual and ownership linkages that exist between various stages of production. The latter involves a discussion of exclusive territories agreements, resale price maintenance, exclusive dealing, franchising and divisionalisation.

Assessments

mid-semester test (20%), group presentation (20%), essay (20%) and 2.5hr final exam (40%)

Classes

1x3-hr seminar/week

Prerequisites

ECON5001 or ECOF5806 or ECOF6080

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