Course code ECN263

ECN263 Food Industry Economics

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Course responsible: Eystein Ystad
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
The course starts in the June block. The course has teaching/evaluation in the June block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Course contents:
  • Food supply chains: Horizontal and vertical relations and structural characteristics, types of ownership, market power and competition, strategy formation and sources of competitive advantage in food markets. 
  • Food sector as industrial clusters: Agglomeration effects in food industries, the Norwegian bio-economy in a global perspective, innovation systems in the food sector. 
  • Food sector policies: From private to social value added, national competitiveness, the case for regulation, food safety, food security, trade policy, intellectual property rights.
Learning outcome:
Students know how to approach the analysis of structure, competition and regulation of food supply chains for food, have good understandig of important regulatory measures like import protection, competition policy and market regulations, and have gained skills for food market strategy development (market segmentation, product development/ branding, business system development etc.). 
Learning activities:
Lectures, guest lectures, class discussions and readings.
Teaching support:
Active participation during classroom lectures is helpful together with efforts to understand, structure and solve tentative issues for examination. Lecturerer will be available during teaching period after classroom lectures and may be contacted by phone and e-mail.
The syllabus will be available on Canvas before the start of the course.
Introduction course in Microeconomics (ECN110).
Recommended prerequisites:
ECN 260 Agricultural policy
Mandatory activity:
Attendance of lectures is mandatory. Approved attendance from previous years may be accepted as basis for new examination.
3,5 hours written exam 
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Type of course:
9 lectures of 3 hours each.
External examiner will approve questions and tasks for examination and evaluate a selection of papers.
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / F