Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.4490 Topics in Competition Policy
(Topics in Competition Policy)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hehenkamp
Ansprechpartner (contact): Amirhossein Kiannik (Amirhossein.Kiannik[at]
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.44901 / Topics in Competiton Policy Vorlesung 30 Std (h) 60 Std (h) P 100 TN (PART)
b) K.184.44902 / Topics in Competition Policy Übung 15 Std (h) 45 Std (h) P 100 TN (PART)
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

​Basic knowledge of industrial organization and game theory is helpful but not essential. We shall use the basic concepts of Nash equilibrium and subgame-perfect equilibrium and apply them to the respective models.

Inhalte (short description):

​This master course covers selected topics in the field of competition policy. Adopting a game-theoretic approach, we investigate the economic consequences of cartelization, collusion, mergers, preemptive and other types of anti-competitive behavior, and discuss which competitive policies are appropriate to pursue the overall economic goal of welfare maximization.

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):

  • have knowledge of competition theory, of competiton policy and of their foundations in competition law
  • will be able to examine questions of competition policy relevant to cartelization, collusion, mergers, preemptive and other types of anti-competitive behavior with regard to supplier behavior and welfare
  • can assess the incentives for firms to collude and the stability of cartells
  • are able to analyze the incentives for firms to merge and the consequences of mergers for the market
  • are able to assess preemptive behavior as well as abuse of market power with regard to the consequences for the market

  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):

  • know how to read and evaluate literature in the field of industrial organization and competition policy
  • can provide a model-based analysis of competitive issues
  • will be able to discuss cases of competition policy and evaluate them critically

  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):

  • have basic analytical methods as well as scientific knowledge to use in a professional environment

  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):

  • are able to classify and critically assess literature in the field of competition policy
  • can use the acquired knowledge to investigate complex economic problems in theory and practice

  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulabschlussprüfung
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Klausur 90 Min. 100.00 %
    Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
    Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
    Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
    Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
    Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
    Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
    Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
    M.Sc. IBS, M.Sc. BWL, M.Sc. International Economics and Management, M.Sc. Management, M.Sc. Management Information Systems, M.Sc. Taxation, Accountingand Finance, M.Sc. Winfo, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M.Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Motta, M., Competition Policy: Theory and Practice, Cambridge University Press, 2005
    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):

    weekly lecture (90 min per week)

    every two weeks tutorial (90 min)   

    teaching language: English


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