Economics 321: Industrial Organization

Professor Christiaan Hogendorn

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Course Policies

Time and Place: MW 2:50-4:10 ALLB 103
Office Hours: M T 1:20-2:20 and W Th 10:40-11:40

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
Assignments: For each class, there will be a corresponding short assignment related to the reading. These can be done individually or by groups of two students. Most of these should be printed and turned in at the end of class.
Exams: There will be one midterm exam.
Presentation: One group of two will present their assignment as part of the class. Here is the presentation grading rubric.
Paper: There will be a term paper in this class. The term paper should extend or apply one of the assignments we read in class or some other paper in industrial organization. After fall 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 paper grading rubric.
Grading: 20% Midterm exam
35% Assignments and class participation
15% Presentation
30% 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-. 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.
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