6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
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Industrial organisation (IO) studies firm behaviour and its consequences in settings where the assumption of perfect competition fails, i.e., where we can no longer just think about the intersection of a demand and supply curve. The topics include pricing and marketing strategies that individual firms can use to increase profits (price discrimination, bundling, advertising); the effects of interactions between firms and problems that can arise if they coordinate on anti-competitive strategies (cartels, merger, entry, vertical restraints, exclusive dealing); the design of marketplaces (network effect); and public policy responses to firm behaviour, including antitrust laws and regulation.
The learning goals associated with this unit are to:
- explain the basis for competition and rationale for regulation, and the basis of different theories of regulation
- explain the arguments for and against privatisation
- understand the main features of National Competition Policy in Australia, including its impact on segments of society such as rural Australia
- understand the variety of approaches to competition policies from the international perspective
- critically evaluate attempts to increase competition in particular industries, such as aviation, electricity, telecommunications and other relevant industries, where there are ongoing reforms.
Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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