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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ECP7406

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2009-06-03
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1559 2008-10-03
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Economics AS 140300
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Michael Loewy 46532

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ECP 7406 Industrial Organization II

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    IO II
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    ECO 6115, ECO 6424, ECP 6405


    Course Description

    This course will introduce students to advanced topics in empirical industrial organization. Particular emphasis will be placed on techniques to estimate the behavior of firms, market equilibrium, and the impact of economic policy on markets.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The addition of Industrial Organization II allows the Department of Economics to offer a doctoral field in the area of industrial organization.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The primary demand for the course is from doctoral students in economics who wish to complete a field in industrial organization. MA students in economics and MS and PhD students in finance may also find the course to be of interest.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    It is being offered as a Special Topics course Fall 2008.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A PhD in economics with a research interest in industrial organization.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To introduce students to a number of key papers in the empirical IO literature from which important methodological developments in empirical IO will be discussed. Students will learn to think critically about research questions and be familiar with methods used in the field.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will read assigned papers and be familiar with the history of the fields as well as recent developments. They will make presentations on papers that are relevant to models discussed in class and could potentially motivate their own research interests. They will have regular homework assignments and/or possible tasks of programming estimation routines for models discussed in class to help them develop their own research ideas and master the methods used in the field.

    C. Major Topics

    Traditional empirical tools in IO literature

    Estimation of Different Static models of markets

    Two-period entry models


    Single agent dynamics

    Dynamic equilibrium models with heterogeneous agents

    Supergames and collusion

    D. Textbooks

    Tirole, J., "The Theory of Industrial Organization," 1988.

    Schmalensee, R. and R.D. Willig, eds., "Handbook of Industrial Organization," Vols. 1 and 2, 1989.

    Armstrong, M. and R. H. Porter, eds., "Handbook of Industrial Organization," Vol. 3, 2007.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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