Master’s degree in Business Administration and Corporate Law

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Economics of regulation and competition policy

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Name of lecturer
Claudio Zoli
Claudio Zoli
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secondo semestre lauree magistrali dal Feb 25, 2019 al May 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide students with rigorous economic tools for the analysis of competition and regulation policies.
We will analyse and discuss the economic motivations underlying public intervention for regulation of markets and with particular interest on the analysis of the main regulatory tools. In the first part of the course we will focus on the analysis of auctions and procurement mechanisms. The second part will focus on the analysis of regulation policies. The analysis will be develloped from the theoretical point of view with attention to empirical evidence and study cases.
At completion of the course students should be able to:
* Understand and evaluate critically the justifications for the public intervention in the regulation of markets and promotion of competition.
* Analyse and assess rigorously the economic implications of auction and procurement mechanisms for allocation of resources and contracts and for access to markets.


The course involves 36 hours of lectures
The program is divided into two parts.
Part I The economics of auctions and procurement:
- Introduction to the tools for the analysis of strategic interaction
- Applications to the analysis of auctions and procurement with particular attention to the analysis of public tenders
Part II Market regulation and tariffs
- Relation between market power, efficiency, social welfare and natural monopoly
- Economic analysis of regulatory mechanisms.
- Assessment of market power with applications.

Textbooks and teaching materials:
Part of the teaching material will be indicated in class and will be taken from different textbooks and papers.
Teaching material will be taken also from these textbooks:
- Motta M. e Polo, M. (2005): Antitrust. Economia e politica della concorrenza. Il Mulino, Bologna.
- Muraro, G. e Valbonesi P. (2003): I servizi idrici tra mercato e regole. Carrocci, Roma.

A detailed outline of the course together with indications of additional teaching material, lecture notes, specimen exam questions and example of exercises will be made available on-line during the lectures period, on the University e-learning website.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Motta, Massimo, Polo, Michele Antitrust: economia e politica della concorrenza Il mulino 2005
G. Muraro, P. Valbonesi I servizi idrici tra mercato e regole. Carrocci 2003

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam.
Students should be able to demonstrate:
- Understanding and mastering of the relevant aspects of game theory and their application to the analysis of strategic behaviour of firms. In particular students should be able to apply these concepts to both numerical problems and case studies related to the definition of optimal pricing and quality strategies for firms in general auctions or procurement auctions.
- To be able to presenting their arguments rigorously in a limited amount of time by identifying and selecting the relevant aspects to focus on.
- To have acquired appropriate competence on the issues discussed in the module, so that to be able to apply the related concepts to the analysis of case studies.
The exam is composed by open questions, exercises and brief analysis of case studies. Each question can be divided into sections that may cover all these method of evaluation. The contribution of each question to the final evaluation is made explicit in the exam.
A sample copy of exam paper is available at the e-learning web page of the module.
Students could supplement the final mark with the evaluation of a project work on specific topics of the course. The project work will include a presentation and the submission of a short essay.

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