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26044 Markets and Industrial Organization, 5 sp 
Kod 26044  Giltighet 01.01.1950 -
Namn Markets and Industrial Organization  Förkortning MarketInd,Hki 
Omfattning5 sp  Föråldringstid 10 år
TypFördjupade studier Läroämne260 Nationalekonomi 
SlagStudieperiod  Timantal  
Studierätt   Bedömningpoäng (0-100), godkänd 
Rekom. prestationstid 
Ansvarig enhet Nationalekonomi, Helsingfors 


This course shows how micro-economic models can be used to analyse functioning of markets and industries. The course focuses on economic phenomena that are typically studied in the field of industrial organization (IO), such as market power, competitiveness of markets, product differentiation, natural monopoly, regulation of markets, vertically related industries, two-sided markets, markets with network effects, consumer inertia and markets with searching costs.

The course presents students with the necessary theoretical foundations for subsequent analytical studies of markets, strategic competition and economic implications of regulation. It also illustrates how IO models can be used to analyse data on markets outcomes.

This course consists of two parts: The first part introduces various tractable IO models that can be used to analyse market phenomena and to understand functioning of real-world markets. The second part consists of assigned readings and student presentations. Students will be asked to read assigned papers and to present them to others in class.

Doctoral students can also take this course.


You have the capacity to use the concepts and methods of modern industrial organization when analysing choices made by consumers and firms, as well as the functioning of various types of markets. You have also developed your analytical reasoning skills by working with equations to analyse micro-economic phenomena and market outcomes.

Efter avlagd kurs kan du 
  • identify different types of markets and how they function
  • apply essential IO concepts to evaluate consumers’ choices and firms' decisions in markets
  • explain competitive and strategic conduct from the perspective of managerial decision-making
  • develop business strategies for firms in different kinds of environments 

Class-based course


We will study international markets


Required: An intermediate level course in microeconomics

Recommended: An advanced level course in microeconomics

Studerandes totala arbetsmängd 

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 30 h
Non-scheduled work: 104 h


Lectures + assigned readings + written assignment.

Kindly note that you are expected to be present at the first lecture session to confirm your participation in the course.

Litteratur och undervisningsmaterial 
  • Belleflamme, P. & Peitz, M. (2015). Industrial Organization: Markets and Strategies. Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapters 1-7, 16-17 
  • Tirole, J. (1988). The theory of industrial organization. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Other material, as assigned by the lecturer during the course. 

Examination och bedömning 

Written course assignment (essay) (50%)
Class presentation (40%)
Active class participation (10%)

Fristående studier (Öppna universitetet, JOO och samarbeten) 

Open university quota: 3
Quota for JOO-students: 3


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Anmälningstiden är slut Markets and Industrial Organization, Hki  Kurs  Zhang, Jiekai 
26.10.20 -11.12.20 -

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