The Economics of Industry

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Pasquale Schiraldi SAL 4.22

Dr Michele Fioretti


This course is available on the MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, MSc in Economics and MSc in Economics (2 Year Programme). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students must have completed Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics (EC400).

In exceptional circumstances, students may take this course without EC400 provided they meet the necessary requirements and have received approval from the course conveners (via a face to face meeting), the MSc Economics Programme Director and their own Programme Director. Contact the Department of Economics for more information ( regarding entry to this course.

Course content

The course examines the theory of firm behaviour and strategic interaction in both price and non-price dimensions. Topics covered include the econometric estimation of continuous and discrete differentiated product demands, estimation of conduct, merger analysis, information and search, entry models and the role of sunk costs, advertising, collusion in auctions, price discrimination, estimation of production functions and productivity,  regulation of monopolies and oligopolies, vertical and horizontal contracts, theory of the firm and ownership, strategic competition and entry deterrence, horizontal and vertical product differentiation, and social responsibility. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are studied, with their implications for competition policy issues.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the AT. 20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the WT. 1 hour of seminars in the ST.

This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 60 hours across Autumn Term, Winter Term, and Spring Term.

There will be a reading week in Week 6 of WT only (no lectures or classes that week).

Formative coursework

Two marked assignments per term.

Indicative reading

Two books which provide coverage of topics are Jean Tirole, Theory of Industrial Organization (MIT Press 1989) and John Sutton, Technology and Market Structure (MIT Press 1998). A full reading list will be supplied at the beginning of each term in the course.


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the spring exam period.
Essay (50%, 6000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2022/23: 11

Average class size 2022/23: 10

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: One Unit

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