Advanced Industrial Organization

Dear Students,

This course will take place in the Winter Term 2020/2021, however it will be implemented as digital course via the Zoom platform. The following is necessary for this:

  • Install the „Zoom Client for Meetings“ from the webpage ( Alternatively, you can join the zoom meeting via Simply log in with your IDM-ID and then use the meeting number to join the meeting.
  • Test your equipment (microphone, speaker, camera) under Zoom in advance, e.g. with your fellow students. Important: try especially the „mute“ function!
  • Register for the course on StudOn  and download the lecture slides (password: AIOMaster)
  • To participate in the digital lessons, you will find the Zoom Meeting IDs on StudOn right before the term starts.



The goal of this course is to analyze topics that are important for an understanding of such decision-making and firm behavior. Besides standard concepts such as price competition, product choice and market power, the course takes on topics such as free entry, switching costs, specific forms of price differentiation and bundling, asymmetric information, tying and platform markets. The integration of real-world cases in the course permits to focus on novel issues, such as competition policy in network markets, platform design, as well as pricing under asymmetric information.


Schedule for Winter Term 2020/2021:

The course consists of a lecture (2 SWS) and exercise classes (1 SWS).

The lecture takes place on Monday, 15:00 – 16:30 via Zoom, it starts on Monday, 2 November 2020.

The lecture on 21 December 2020 is cancelled. There is an additional slot on 11 January 2021 and on 18 January 2021 from 16:45 – 18:15 (with the same Zoom link) for this. On 1 February 2021 there will be a question session from 15:00 – 16:30.


The exercise classes take place on Monday, 9:45 – 11:15 via Zoom.

Schedule: 09.11., 16.11., 23.11., 7.12., 14.12.2020, 11.1., 18.1., and 25.1.2021

There is an additional exercise slot on 21 December 2020 from15:00 – 16:30 instead of the lecture (with the lecture Zoom link).


The Zoom-links for the lecture and the exercise classes are now available on StudOn.


The password for the StudOn-Course is „AIOMaster“. Please register there and bring the material for chapters 1-3 to the first lecture, so you can make additional notes during the lecture.


The written exam takes place on Monday, 8 February 2021, 9:45 in LG H5.


Additional Information:

There is no registration required for participating in this course, but especially because of the COVID-19 situation highly recommended . A participation is possible at any time.

Please note: The examination office has application deadlines for the exam registrations!