14.271 | Fall 2005 | Graduate

Industrial Organization I


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Recitations: 1 session / week, 1.5 hours / session

Course Description

The course provides a graduate level introduction to Industrial Organization. It is designed to provide a broad introduction to topics and industries that current researchers are studying as well as to expose students to a wide variety of techniques. It will start the process of preparing economics PhD students to conduct thesis research in the area, and may also be of interest to doctoral students working in other areas of economics and related fields. The course integrates theoretical models and empirical studies.

The course presumes that students have a familiarity with micro theory, basic game theory and some econometrics.


The course will be graded on the basis of eight problem sets, a midterm, and a three-hour final exam.


The course calendar provides information on lecture topics and assignment due dates.

Week # Topics KEY DATES
1 Monopoly Pricing and Durable Goods

2 Price Discrimination

3 Empirical Models of Demand Problem set 1 due
4 Static Competition and Models of Differentiation Problem set 2 due
5 Search Problem set 3 due
6 Dynamic Competition

7 Firm Conduct Problem set 4 due
8 Empirical Models of Supply and Demand

9 Entry Problem set 5 due
10 Strategic Investment

11 Asymmetric Information Problem set 6 due
12 Auctions

13 Networks Problem set 7 due
14 Dynamic Empirical Models

15 Patents and Technology Diffusion Problem set 8 out
16 Bounded Rationality

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2005
Learning Resource Types
assignment Problem Sets
grading Exams