Economic Development and Innovation Policy (2018/2019)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S003450
Name of lecturer
Luca Zarri
Coordinator
Luca Zarri
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
SECS-P/02 - ECONOMIC POLICY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
secondo semestre lauree magistrali dal Feb 25, 2019 al May 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The major goal of this course is to provide students with a better and more rigorous understanding of the major determinants, characteristics and implications of innovation processes (with regard to both technological and non-technological innovation), within contemporary economic systems. These issues can fruitfully be analyzed through the lens of the key theoretical constructs developed in the last years within the economics of innovation and innovation policies framework.

Syllabus

The course will focus on the relationships between innovation, economic development and well-being. Specific topics include appropriability of innovation, cooperative open source models and the role of public policies and public institutions in fostering innovation. These topics will be addressed both through lectures and discussions with students based on relevant newspaper and other media articles. This material will be available online throughout the course, within the E-learning webpage.

1- The relationships between innovation, economic development and well-being. The role of social capital.
2- The demand side of innovation within advanced contemporary economic systems.
3- The 'new geography of jobs': theory and empirical evidence.
4- The role of public policies and public institutions in fostering innovation.
5- Appropriability of innovation, monopoly of intellectual property and open source models.
6- Innovation, growth and development.

Reference book:

- "Economia dell'innovazione", F. Malerba, Carocci editore, 2011.

Further teaching materials will be provided online, through the E-learning service, within the specific webpage prepared for this course. Office hours are indicated in the teachers' webpages.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Franco Malerba Economia dell'Innovazione Carocci 2011

Assessment methods and criteria

60-minute written exam, aimed at testing students' familiarity with the key theoretical constructs developed within the economics of innovation and innovation policies framework as well as their understanding of the major determinants, characteristics and implications of innovation processes (with regard to both technological and non-technological innovation), within contemporary economic systems. Specifically, the exam will be based on a) multiple choice questions; b) two open questions, to which students are expected to provide conceptually rigorous and complete answers.

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