- Class Number 4049
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Kieron Meagher
- Dr Kieron Meagher
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Organisational Economics studies the design of firms and other economic institutions. It develops frameworks which are applied to the problems faced by managers and entrepreneurs. How should incentives be designed in organisations? How should an organisation optimally choose its staff, allocate individuals to tasks within the organisation and then coordinate their actions? Which tasks should be outsourced? How do the answers to these questions depend on external factors such as market competition and technological developments? Tools from game theory, information economics and behavioural economics are introduced and applied to analyse these (and other) problems.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse and design incentive contracts with regard to asymmetric information and non-contractibility with either performance or welfare goals.
- Evaluate the factors which determine the optimality and relative performance of authority structures in firms and institutions relative to market based solutions.
- Analyse and design decision making structures in organisations with reference to 1 and 2 above.
- Identify drivers of organisational structure and boundary choices and evaluate the welfare consequences.
The course will be based on recent and classic research findings in the field plus Professor Meagher's own research program in the field.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
The Handbook of Organizational Economics (see below) is the main resource for the course. The library can provide electronic access. This is a large book and we will only covered selected parts. Hart's 1995 is also available from the library in electronic form.
You may need access to a calculator to complete exercises required for this course.
Gibbons, R. and Roberts, J. eds., 2013. The handbook of organizational economics. Princeton University Press.
Hart, O., 1995. Firms, contracts, and financial structure. Clarendon press.
Additional reading will be listed on Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments on the reports through TurnItIn.
- verbal feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group on the tutorial problem sets. This feedback is also interactive so you need to ask questions on feedback in tutorials.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction and review of the Neoclassical theory. Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.|
|2||Review and extension of the Neoclassical theory. Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.|
|3||Why firms and what are their boundaries. Hart (1995) plus other references on Wattle and/or in class.||Tutorial Problem sets. Due Monday's 12 noon.|
|4||Why firms and what are their boundaries. Hart (1995) plus other references on Wattle and/or in class.||Tutorial Problem sets. Due Monday's 12 noon.|
|5||Incentives, authority and decision making inside firms and other organisations. Gibbons and Roberts (2013). Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.||Tutorial Problem sets. Due Monday's 12 noon.|
|6||Incentives, authority and decision making inside firms and other organisations. Gibbons and Roberts (2013). Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.||Tutorial Problem sets. Due Monday's 12 noon.|
|7||Incentives, authority and decision making inside firms and other organisations. Gibbons and Roberts (2013). Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.||Tutorial Problem sets. Due Monday's 12 noon.|
|8||Incentives, authority and decision making inside firms and other organisations. Gibbons and Roberts (2013). Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.||Tutorial Problem sets. Due Monday's 12 noon.|
|9||Incentives, authority and decision making inside firms and other organisations. Gibbons and Roberts (2013). Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.||Tutorial Problem sets. Due Monday's 12 noon. One page report due 2021-May-04 at 12 noon.|
|10||Incentives, authority and decision making inside firms and other organisations. Gibbons and Roberts (2013). Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.||Tutorial Problem sets. Due Monday's 12 noon.|
|11||Incentives, authority and decision making inside firms and other organisations. Gibbons and Roberts (2013). Details and additional references will be provided in class and/or on Wattle.|
|12||What have we learned?|
There is no need to enrol in a tutorial. The combined course tutorial appears in the timetable. We will be flexible about allocating time between the lecture and tutorial activities as needed.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial problem sets||15 %||08/03/2021||27/05/2021||1,2,3,4|
|One page report on a research paper.||25 %||04/05/2021||18/05/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Final Exam||60 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
You will be called upon to contribute during tutorials. Attendance at all teaching events, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).
In addition, tutorials are a discussion-based class. Providing worked solutions would not effectively compensate for missing a tutorial. Students who, through unavoidable and unplanned occurrences, are unable to attend a tutorial class one week are encouraged to work through the problems and attend a consultation session for discussion and feedback on their answers.
There is a final exam for the course. Note assessment Tasks 1 and 2 are hurdle assessments and you must have achieved at least 40% in each of them in order to be eligible to sit the final exam. The final exam will be a mixture of multiple choice and written "short answer" questions covering formal analysis and intuition.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Tutorial problem sets
Submit your answers/solutions for the appropriate week, as a pdf, by 12 noon on Monday of that week using Turnitin (details on Wattle). No late submission will be accepted. Eight tutorial problem sets will be due throughout the semester, the worst 2 marks awarded for the tutorial problem sets will be dropped in calculating the average (which determines the mark for this item). This is a hurdle assessment in line with the student assessment coursework policy (see https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_004603). You must achieve at least 40% in order to be eligible to sit the final exam.
2 = satisfactory attempt at all problems
1 = unsatisfactory attempt at some problems or incomplete attempt
0 = unsatisfactory attempt or no attempt for all problems
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
One page report on a research paper.
Write a one page report communicating and evaluating the main findings of a research paper. Details of paper selection, formatting, submission will be on Wattle at least 3 weeks prior to submission. Submission is due by 12 noon. The paper you would like to select (from an approved list) must be emailed to the lecturer for approval by at least 12 noon on 2021-04-19 (2 weeks prior to submission). This is a hurdle assessment in line with the student assessment coursework policy (see https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_004603). You must achieve at least 40% in order to be eligible to sit the final exam.
|CLARITY, LANGUAGE AND GRAMMAR||EXPLANATION OF MAIN CONTRIBUTION OF THE PAPER||ECONOMIC INTUITION FOR MAIN RESULT||EVALUATION OF STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES|
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The final exam will cover all material presented throughout the semester and will be held during the ANU examination period. The on-line exam will be 3 hours (including reading time) and will be conducted through the course Wattle site. The exam will include both multiple choice and short answer questions. Short answer questions can include mathematical derivations or proofs, diagrams and written discussion. Further details will be provided in Wattle or in lectures two weeks prior to the final exam.
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- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
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Organizational economics, differentiated products and spatial competition, and political econoomy
Dr Kieron Meagher
Dr Kieron Meagher