Industrial Organization, a Contract Based approach (aka IOCB) offers an extensive and an up-to-date panorama of Industrial Organization. It is aimed at advanced undergraduates, graduates, academics and practitioners with an interest in the field.
The analysis of market interactions, business strategies and public policy is performed using the standard framework of game theory and the recent advances of contract theory and information economics.
The book is written from a European perspective, set side by side with the US experience. The reader is introduced to all important models of the current research literature within a common simple structure (cf. TOC). As the adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. We thus try to convey a graphical overview of the topics we approach. The 8 gray boxes indicate Parts while the other boxes more or less refer to the 25 chapters. Locations on the chart do not respect truthfully the content, rather they loosely reflect connexions with each other.
The extensive 500+ bibliography covers all landmark articles. The book contains 300k+ words, runs around 1000 pages according to typesetting options, contains 1500+ cross-references and 700+ index entries. Time-wise, it took me about 5 full years of work, or 10k hours i.e, 10 hours per page of final product. Money-wise, the output comes at a total cost of approximatively 200k€ to the Catalan Government, my official employer i.e., less than 3 cent per inhabitant or 200€ per page of final product (Kudos to Andreu Mas-Collel for devising the contractual scheme I currently enjoy).