Graduate Industrial Organization II
GMU Tentative Syllabus

Economics 846, meets 7:00-9:40pm, Monday, during Spring 2006, in Carow Hall, main room. (Originally scheduled for Enterprise 175.)

Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Asst. Professor, Economics (,
Office Hours: Officially M,Th 6:00-7:00. But I'm usually in at Carow Hall 10B. Email or call ahead (703-993-2326) if you want to be sure I'll be in.

Catalog Entry:

846 Industrial Organization and Public Policy II (3:3:0). Prerequisites: ECON 611 and 844. Relation between law and economics and theories of social control of property rights. Theories of market structure and industrial performance.
Suggested Texts:
Oz Shy, Industrial Organization, Theory and Applications, MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-69179-5, 1996. (errata)
F.M. Scherer, Industry, Structure, Strategy, and Public Policy, Harper Collins, ISBN 0-673-99289-6, 1996.
Carl Shapiro, Hal R. Varian, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, Harvard Business School Press, ISBN: 087584863X, 1998.
Jean Tirole, The Theory of Industrial Organization, MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-20071-6, 1994.
Dennis Carlton and Jeffrey Perloff, Modern Industrial Organization, Forth Edition, Addison-Wesley, ISBN: 0-321-18023-2, 2005.
Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, April 2004, ISBN 0393324818, Sample Price $11.
Robert J. Herbold, The Fiefdom Syndrome: The Turf Battles That Undermine Careers and Companies - and how to Overcome Them, October 2005, ISBN 0385510683, Sample Price $14.
Assignments: Lecture Schedule
WeekLecture Topic
Jan 23 Overview and Lockin
Jan 30 Networks and Standards
Feb 6 Spatial Differentiation
Feb 13 No Class
Feb 20 Ads and Search
Feb 27 Paper Presentations
Mar 6 Quality and Regulation
Mar 13 Spring Break
Mar 20 Firm Boundaries
Mar 27 Entry and Mergers
Apr 3 Capital Structure and Control
Apr 10 Midterm Exam
Apr 17 Organization Theory
Apr 24 Organization Information Systems
May 1 Paper Presentations
May 15 Final Exam


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