Competition and Strategy

Subject ECON20005 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

The following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This is an introductory course in game theory and information economics. Topics include static and dynamic models of strategic interaction, decision making under uncertainty, adverse selection, signalling and screening models, coordination and cooperation, horizontal and vertical integration, collusion and product differentiation. Empirical examples, applications to business and public policy and field evidence will be emphasised.

  • Develop game theoretic and strategic reasoning and its application to real-world phenomena.
  • Develop a basic understanding of information economics and how contracts can help alleviate problems related to asymmetric information.
  • Develop background on imperfectly competitive markets and the role for anti-trust policy.

A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (70%), and assignments during the semester totalling not more than 3000 words (30%).

Prescribed Texts:

Games of Strategy, by Avinash Dixit, Susan Skeath, David H. Reiley, Jr., Third Edition, W.W. Norton and Company (eds.)

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: written communication; problem solving; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Moderate level of development: oral communication; collaborative learning; team work; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

  • Some level of development: statistical reasoning; use of computer software; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Economics Major

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