I'm planning to teach an undergraduate course in industrial organization. Calculus is not a prerequisite. I also want to avoid doing too much game theory in it so as to not be duplicative of a similar course offering in game theory. Any recommendations on textbooks?


Luis M Cabral : Introduction to Industrial Organization :- This book has a combo of game-theory and Cost curves. It explains strategic concepts using no calculus. However, if you want more theoretical perspective , I would suggest reading the research papers (I have a course named Strategy , most of my readings are the journal papers on JSTOR or elsewhere).

If you could just expand on what your course comprises of , etc ; or give a link to the university website , may be I can tell you more books I know of.

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  • $\begingroup$ Here is the link to Cabral's book and other references economics.stackexchange.com/questions/9339/… $\endgroup$ – emeryville Mar 6 '16 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ To be honest , the books you buy depends a lot on "what's on the table". It means what has been the testing and examination pattern of this course. What are the main reading texts for this course ( which the prof definitely uses himself).In crux , you better ask someone enrolled in the course. $\endgroup$ – Kir'Shara Mar 6 '16 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ For you studies , it's highly recommended you get hold of two to maximum three books only. From my own experience as an economics major ,it's much beneficial to focus on the examination/ testing pattern which has been prevalent in the respective institution. $\endgroup$ – Kir'Shara Mar 6 '16 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Vulcanwarrior96 My question was unclear, I suppose -- sorry! I'm planning on teaching a class and was interested in suggestions for textbooks. I gather you were a student in a class that used Cabral. What are your impressions of Cabral? $\endgroup$ – Shane Mar 6 '16 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ It's a quantitative book. Starting with the definition of Industrial Organisation he expands on to explaining "what is a firm?". $\endgroup$ – Kir'Shara Mar 6 '16 at 19:04

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