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This page focuses on the course 14.271 Industrial Organization I as it was taught by Professor Glenn Ellison in Fall 2013.
This course provided a graduate level introduction to industrial organization. This course was graded on the basis of seven problem sets, a midterm, and a final exam.
Course Goals for Students
- To provide a broad introduction to topics that current researchers are studying
- To expose students to a wide variety of techniques
- To start the process of preparing economics PhD students to conduct thesis research in industrial organization or related fields
14.04 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
- H-Level Graduate Credit
- Can be applied towards a PhD in Economics
Every fall semester
Breakdown by Year
The students were 1st and 2nd year PhD students.
Breakdown by Major
The majority of the students who took this course were from the Economics department, but there were also some students from the Sloan School of Management.
Typical Student Background
The course assumed that students had taken a PhD-level microeconomics course and had a master's level knowledge of game theory and econometrics.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
- Met 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session; 26 sessions total; mandatory attendance
- Met once per week for 1.5 hours per session; 10 sessions total
- Led by the course's teaching assistant
- Included review of course material and discussion of problem set solutions
Out of Class
- Seven problem sets
- Readings in preparation for class sessions
- Optional office hours with teaching assistant each Tuesday