ECON4921 – Institutions and Economic Systems
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The lectures are built around the questions: How do different institutions and organizations work? Why do particular institutions come into existence? How may certain institutions complement each other? How are economic systems affected by competitive forces?
- Institutions and Economic Performance.
- Organization of the Firm.
- Organized Interest and Ownership.
- Complementarity of Institutions.
- Institutions and Commitment.
- Fiscal Federalism.
- System Competition.
You should know
- how various institutional arrangements work, with an emphasis on economic and political institutions
- recent empirical work that aims at evaluating and quantifying the mechanisms of the models we study
You should be able to
- use economic models to explain how various institutional arrangements work and be able to discuss the assumptions, relevance, and limitations of these models
- discuss recent empirical contributions critically
- be able to read and understand project reports and journal articles that make use of the concepts and methods that are introduced in the course
- be able to make use of the course content in your own academic work, for example in analyses that are part of the master’s thesis
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
- Bachelor's degree in Economics, or equivalent.
- Students on the master’s programme in Economic Theory and Econometrics (the 5-year programme) need ECON3010 – Anvendt økonomisk analyse.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with ECON4920 Economic Systems
- 10 credits overlap with ECON485 Economic Systems
- 10 credits overlap with SØK485 Økonomiske systemer, 3. avd. samfunnsøkonomi
- 10 credits overlap with SOØ485 Økonomiske systemer, 3. avd. sosialøkonomi
Lectures: 2 hours per week throughout the semester.
Seminars: 2 hours per week through parts of the semester.
Students are stimulated to form informal reading groups. In the seminars the students are trained in oral and written presentations. The seminars are integrated with the lectures and the students will take part, individually and on a group basis, also in the lectures.
The students will throughout the term receive written and oral feedback.
A 3-hour written exam.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Examination support material
Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.
Resit an examination
If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.
See also our information about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.