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Markets and Regulation track

In the Markets and Regulation track you develop a solid understanding of the current issues of market regulation and competition policy. This track is 1 of 6 tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Economics.

Learn how competitive markets work

In this track you learn how competitive markets work. But also under what conditions they can work, and when they may need protection. Economics is applied to controlling big business through government intervention.

It is a fascinating subject, as technological developments and new business strategies continue to pose challenges to the design and implementation of market oversight.

Track-specific courses

During this track you develop a thorough understanding of modern oligopoly theory. Also you become knowledgeable in the current issues of market regulation and competition policy

  • Advanced Industrial Organisation

    In this course you will deep-dive in the monopoly and oligopoly. How may a monopolist price discriminate and deter entry by competitors? Concerning oligopolies you will cover different types of rivalry, product differentiation, collusion, mergers, vertical relations and platform competition. And: how do firms respond to boundedly rational consumers?

  • Regulation

    In this course you will learn about the economic regulation of firms with significant market power. You will look at price regulation theories, dynamic incentives for investment and commitment problems on the regulator's side. Also you explore alternatives to price regulation: competition for the market and between markets. 

  • Empirical Market Economics

    What methods can you use to identify the type and intensity of competition in a particular industry? In this course you learn about the different methods and how to apply them. Once you have identified the competition in a market, you will address how the market structure and changes affect the market price. During this course you will become familiar with current empirical techniques and apply these to real data by using Stata.

  • Competition Policy

    Competition policy is at the centre stage of day-to-day economic life. Consideration for the likely warnings of competition authorities are therefore an important concern in business strategies. Why and to what extent does society need rules restricting the behaviour of firms in markets? And how do these rules affect our economies?

  • Applied Industrial Organisation

    In competition policy cases, the development of a so-called ‘theory of harm’ is essential. This theory captures the economic reasoning that underlies the allegation of breaching competition laws. In this course you will learn how to apply economic theory and econometric methods in competition cases on cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers and state aid. 

Real-life case: how to keep large firms from abusing their dominant position?

Margrethe Vestager, the current European Commissioner for Competition fined Google $5 billion over Android antitrust abuse. Examine how large firms can be kept from abusing their dominant position with anti-competition practices. Apply economic methods and models to identify regulations that ensure fair competition while mitigating negative economic effects. 

Up-to-date issues

Examples of current newspaper headlines and relevant issues that could be discussed in your classroom.

  • Competition increases Credit Ratings: Empirical evidence from structured finance in the U.S. shows how ratings given by credit rating agencies are higher when they compete.
  • A Compensating Variation Approach to Consumer Cartel Damages.
  • Competition in Malaysian Islamic Banking – how to compete when you cannot charge interest rates?

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's programme in Economics/Markets and Regulation track have excellent job prospects for positions as researchers and experts in:

  • competition authorities;
  • regulatory bodies;
  • ministries of Economic Affairs;
  • large consultancy firms;
  • specialised economic consultancies on competition and regulation;
  • international organisations such as EU and OECD;
  • economic departments of large firms.

Markets and Regulation and 5 other tracks

Markets and Regulation is 1 of 6 tracks you can opt for in our MSc Economics. If you are more interested in another field of economics, read the info on 1 or more of the other tracks.

Anna den Boer, MSc Economics/Markets & Regulation at Amsterdam Business School, UvA.

'I use the economic theory from my studies in practice'

Alumna Anna den Boer: 'I have been working as a competition economist at Oxera, an economics consultancy, for three years now. I really like the fact that I use the economic theory from my studies in practice.' Read Anna's full review