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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Professor Peter Forsyth


Outline of the Australian and overseas approaches to competition policy; the economic background to the Trade Practices Act; market definition issues; evaluation of restrictive trade practices and mergers or alliances; structural reform of industries, access and monopoly regulation.


The learning objectives of this unit are to:

  • be able to understand and analyse critically the economic reasons for government intervention to reduce the adverse effects of restrictive trade practices;
  • have an understanding of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (and its predecessor, the Trade Practices Commission);
  • be able to evaluate recent decisions from the perspectives of an economist, lawyer, policy-maker and business manager.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Contact hours

3 hours per week