This course builds on microeconomics and market & strategy. The course makes use of insights from industrial organisation in general, and from competition policy and the economics of regulation in particular. The topics that will be dealt with are
Regulation of utilities with applications to specific sectors like e.g. telecoms and electricity;
Competition policy with special attention for the analysis of mergers, two-sided markets, economics of privacy, network competition;
Empirical studies and applications from specific countries and industries.
The topics will be approached from the perspective of how economists think about these new issues, how public policy makers can understand and implement the economic and strategic forces behind the effects from liberalization, and the economic implications for consumers and economic growth from the digital economy.