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Actors and Strategies in Regulated Markets

Archive StampSeminar Regulated Markets

Dr. Thomas Triebs, Daniel Oehling, Dainis Zegners

Course Goals and Overview

Many, but not all, modern technology markets are heavily regulated. Why is it the case that some markets are subject to regulation and some are not? Can firms and managers influence whether they are regulated by the government? Is competition different in regulated markets and if so, how do firms respond to this challenge?

This seminar seeks to give answers to these and other questions. We will start by giving an overview of the theory of regulation and applying it to the special case of regulation in the telecommunications sector. We will examine the question why governments choose to regulate certain markets, what are their goals and how can they achieve those goals. In a second step, we will look at the question what governments can do to ensure that there is sufficient competition in markets without regulating them explicitly. This is an important question, since in many technology markets we observe very dominant firms such as Google, Apple or Microsoft, but regulating these markets might hamper their innovativeness. Finally, we will take a closer look at firm strategies in regulated markets. How is strategic interaction different in regulated markets? Can firms try to influence government regulations in their favor and what are the consequences? This is also an important topic, since firms increasingly invest their resources into activities such as lobbying.

Field Trip to Berlin

To also explore the practical side of regulation and lobbying, after the theoretical part we will undertake a field trip to Berlin. During the trip, we will examine the interdependencies between the private and the public sector, and talk to industry experts, regulators and visit the Bundestag. The field trip is expected to cost each student approximately 250 €. This includes flights to Berlin and two nights in a hotel. Of course you can also save money by organizing the travel yourself or by staying with friends.


To apply, please send your CV, a recent transcript and a brief e-mail motivating your application to Dainis Zegners ( by 01.08.2013, 12:00 (confirmation of participation: 15.08.2013). Students have to confirm their participation by 19.08.2013, 12:00. Once confirmed, you are bindingly enrolled into the seminar. Please note that we will first assign seminar spots to those students which do/did not take part in current or prior seminars in order to enable fast academic progress for all students. Students that have successfully passed our course "Management and Economics of Network Industries" will be accepted preferentially to the seminar.



  • The course is held in English
  • Attendance to all lectures of the course is mandatory
  • This seminar qualifies for a Bachelor thesis at the ISTO according to the examination regulations (107 kB)
  • Students who successfully pass the seminar will be served preferentially regarding a final thesis at the ISTO
Dates Tuesday, 29.10.2013, 13:00-18:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
Thursday, 14.11.2013, 13:00-17:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
Thursday, 12.12.2013, 09:00-16:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Student presentations)
Trip to Berlin: tba (Most likely November or December 2013)
Deadlines Sunday, 01.08.2013 (Application)
Sunday, 12.01.2014 (Written assignment)
Credits 6 ECTS in module V/VII (PO 06) or MM&I (PO 08)
Examination 15 min. presentation
Written assignment (22.200 characters) [Please strictly adhere to our formal requirements (206 kB)]