Economics 321: Industrial Organization

Professor Christiaan Hogendorn

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Course Policies

Time and Place: TTh 2:40-4:00 PAC 107
Office Hours: M, T, Th 1-2

If my door is open, I may be available, please knock. I also encourage appointments: talk to me before or after class or e-mail.
E-mail: chogendorn
Problem Sets: There will be several problem sets. You can turn in one problem set with multiple names on it.
Exams: There will be one midterm exam.
Readings and Presentations: Throughout the semester we will be reading papers. For each paper, there will be a corresponding short assignment. These can be done by groups of two students. One group of two will present their assignment as part of the class.
Paper: There will be a term paper in this class. The term paper should extend or apply one of the papers we read in class or some other paper in industrial organization. Right after spring break, you should send me a one page proposal and arrange a meeting to discuss your paper. If you would like to do a more substantial co-authored paper, I will be happy to consider it. Here is the grading rubric.
Grading: 10% Problem sets
20% Midterm exam
30% Assignments and class participation
15% Presentation
25% Paper

I always use the Hogie scale for grading: 0, 1, 2 (the "hurdle" level), 3, 4 (minor problems), or 5. To find your letter grade equivalent, divide by the number of questions to get your average score on the 0-5 scale. Then convert according to: 4.5=A, 4.0=A-, 3.7=B+, 3.3=B, 3.0=B-, 2.7=C+. 2.3=C, 2.0=C-, 1.7=D+, 1.3=D, 1.0=D-. Problem sets and assignments will receive a check minus, check, check |, or check plus. Assignments will receive a check minus, check, check |, or check plus. The 0-5 scale equivalents are: check plus, 4.5, check | 3.95, check 3.4, and check minus 2.3.