The Theory of Industrial Organization

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MIT Press, Jan 1, 1988 - Business & Economics - 479 pages
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The Theory of Industrial Organization is the first primary text to treat the new industrial organization at the advanced-undergraduate and graduate level. Rigorously analytical and filled with exercises coded to indicate level of difficulty, it provides a unified and modern treatment of the field with accessible models that are simplified to highlight robust economic ideas while working at an intuitive level.To aid students at different levels, each chapter is divided into a main text and supplementary section containing more advanced material. Each chapter opens with elementary models and builds on this base to incorporate current research in a coherent synthesis.Tirole begins with a background discussion of the theory of the firm. In part I he develops the modern theory of monopoly, addressing single product and multi product pricing, static and intertemporal price discrimination, quality choice, reputation, and vertical restraints.In part II, Tirole takes up strategic interaction between firms, starting with a novel treatment of the Bertrand-Cournot interdependent pricing problem. He studies how capacity constraints, repeated interaction, product positioning, advertising, and asymmetric information affect competition or tacit collusion. He then develops topics having to do with long term competition, including barriers to entry, contestability, exit, and research and development. He concludes with a "game theory user's manual" and a section of review exercises.Jean Tirole is a Professor of Economics at MIT

  

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It's chapter 11 is used both in supply chain and corporate finance as the reference.
It provides very important intuition about bayesiam Eq., Nash Eq., and other stuff in contract theory.
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example it contains all the information for pooling, separating and semi separating equilibrium, which was an advanced topic in both contract theory and corporate finance. 

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Great book

Contents

The Theory of the Firm
15
The ProfitMaximization Hypothesis
35
5
44
The PrincipalAgent
51
Introduction
63
Product Selection Quality
95
Price Discrimination
133
Vertical Control
169
Introduction
205
Answers and Hints
234
Answers and Hints
271
Price Competition
277
Entry Accommodation and Exit
305
A Users
423
Index
473
Copyright

Answers and Hints
198

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About the author (1988)

Jean Tirole is Scientific Director at the Institut d'Economie Industrielle, Researcher at CERAS (of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees), and Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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