Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Workload : Students are expected to attend classes. They are also required to prepare the group presentation of a competition policy case : this will require a powerpoint (or similar) slide presentation and an oral presentation in front of the class (during one of the last three sessions). Pedagogical Method : During the ﬁrst 9 weeks, the instructor will give traditional lectures. The last 3 weeks will be devoted to students' grouppresentation, followed by a open class discussion of the case presented. Course Description : The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the economic analysis of competition policy (or antitrust policy). The main themes presented are cartels, mergers and abuses of dominant positions. The objectives of the course are : - to understand when and why a number of practices represent an infringement of competition. - to understand why competition laws exist and the economic rationale for anti-trust intervention. The course appeals to simple industrial organization models and economic intuitions. Students will be requested to prepare a group presentation of a competition policy case. Required reading : Motta, M., Competition Policy : Theory and practice, Cambridge University Press (2004) ; Ivaldi, M., Jullien, B., Rey, P., Seabright, P., & Tirole, J. The Economics of Unilateral Effects. Interim report for DG competition, European Commission (2003) ; Fabra, N. and Motta, M. (2017) "Assessing Coordinated Effects in Merger Cases" Handbook of Game Theory and Industrial Organization, (Corchon and Marini Eds.) Edward Elgar.
Class presentation (30% of ﬁnal mark) : From session 3, a group of students will give a 30-minute presentation on the session's topic. The scope of the presentation is to competently understand, critically investigate and efﬁciently summarize the major articles addressing each session's research question. The presenters also need to show proﬁciency in analytically linking the session' topic with the previous ones. Class participation (10% of ﬁnal mark) : Students are expected to actively participate in the debates before, during and after the in-class presentation and are equally expected to come to class with all the required readings completed. Research paper (60% of ﬁnal mark) : The third requirement is a research paper between 4,000 and 8,000 words (including the bibliography). The paper must address one of the question discussed during our sessions and make a contribution to the literature by providing coherent arguments based on existing theories. The paper should also go beyond what has already been said in the lectures by, e.g., setting up an encompassing model that treats contribution to the literature as special cases ; by making use of descriptive analyses of secondary data ; by using in-depth case studies ; and/or by providing a critical literature review. Overall, the paper should provide a creative synthesis of existing research as distinct from a simple catalogue of recent articles and comment on what kind of lessons can be learned from previous analyses. Workload : Around six scientiﬁc articles per lecture. Pedagogical Method : A PowerPoint is used as the main support for the lecture (available on the ENTG website) + constant interactions with students. Course Description : Economics and conﬂict are interconnected. Conﬂict matters for the economy and can shape the paths to economic development. Money is needed to ﬁnance a war, and economic motivations can often be crucial in explaining conﬂict. This course provides an overview and a basic framework for studying the evolving ﬁeld of the economics of conﬂict. It approaches conﬂict using tools of economic analysis, with an emphasis on the incentives people face and how these incentives can shape choices. We will cover some of the most important and recent research on cutting-edge topics in the theory and empirical studies of conﬂict. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
ECONOMICS OF CONFLICT
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of