Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

This course is equivalent with ECON3820 – Strategic Competition

The course provides an overview of theories of oligopolistic markets and teaches the students how to analyse and apply the major (game theoretic) models of strategic interaction in imperfectly competitive markets.

Learning outcome

You should know

  • short-run competition, including price competition and quantity competition
  • dynamic competition, including tacit collusion
  • product differentiation
  • advertising
  • entry deterrence and entry accommodation
  • static competition under asymmetric information
  • entry deterrence under asymmetric information
  • incentives for research and development under imperfect competition
  • mergers, including merger policy
  • the relationship between producers and retailers under imperfect competition
  • some basic game theory needed to address the above-mentioned topics

You should be able to

  • obtain analytical skills related to the modeling of imperfect competition
  • represent topical issues related to imperfect competition, including competition-policy cases, in terms of simple models of imperfect competition
  • solve these simple models and deduce their implications

You should

  • 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


Students admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students not admitted to the Master’s programme in Economics or the Master’s programme in Economic Theory and Econometrics (Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse), can apply for admission to one of our study programmes, or apply for guest student status.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Overlapping courses

  • 10 credits overlap with ECON3820 – Strategic Competition
  • 10 credits overlap with ECON535 Imperfekt konkurranse og strategisk interaksjon
  • 10 credits overlap with SØK535 Imperfekt konkurranse og strategisk interaksjon, 3. avd. samfunnsøkonomi
  • 10 credits overlap with SOØ535 Imperfekt konkurranse og strategisk interaksjon, 3. avd. sosialøkonomi


Lectures and seminars.

The lectures and seminars will combine discussion of literature and exercises.


A 3-hour written school exam.

Previous exams

Exam papers with comments from examiner

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using 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.

Grading scale

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

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.

ECON4820 - Strategic Competition is the course number for registration for lecture, seminar and exam for the master's students. ECON3820 - Strategic Competition is the course number for the bachelor's students.

Facts about this course

Every spring
Every spring
Teaching language