ECONOMICS OF INNOVATION, GROWTH THEORY AND ECONOMICS DEVELOPMENT-1

Academic year 2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title ECONOMICS OF INNOVATION, GROWTH THEORY AND ECONOMICS DEVELOPMENT-1
Course code ET7017 (AF:275115 AR:160786)
Modality On campus classes
ECTS credits 6 out of 12 of ECONOMICS OF INNOVATION, GROWTH THEORY AND ECONOMICS DEVELOPMENT
Degree level Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code SECS-P/06
Period 1st Term
Course year 3
Where RONCADE
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The aim of this course is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge to understand the mechanisms of economic development, with particular attention to the role of technological innovation and institutional structures in the long run growth. Part of the course will be devoted to the implications of digital technologies for industrial organization, social inequalities and the new geography of development.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will be put in a position to critically read the models and the different measures of the economic development. In the first part of the course the fundations of macro-economic accounting will be presented and the main economic growth models will be introduced. Students will also be introduced to the history of economic thought and to the most recent theoretical contributions that have studied the implications of innovation for long run growth. During the course, some in-depth analyzes will also be carried out on some critical issues created by innovation processes, with particular attention to economic and geographical inequalities.
Pre-requirements
It is necessary for the student to know the basic elements of micro-economics.
Contents
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1. Economic Development: meanings, measures, explanations
2. From division of labor to technological innovation: a brief history of economic thought
3. The economic system at work: agents, markets, flows
4. GDP and beyond: HDI, IWI, WBI
5. The Growth Theory (1): capital accumulation, decreasing return, TFP
6. The Growth Theory (2): learning by doing, R&D, human capital
7. Economics of Knowledge, Innovation, and Intangibles
8. Institutional incentives
9. Economic complexity: a new approach to growth and development
10. Innovation diffusion and polarization: why geography still matters in the digital economy
Referral texts
David Weil, Economic Growth. International edition, Routledge, 2016
César Hidalgo, Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies, Basic Books, 2015

During the lessons, readings and teaching materials will be made available
Assessment methods
The final evaluation will consist of 50% of the results of the written exam and 50% of a project work agreed with the student.
Teaching methods
Lectures, in-depth seminars, group work and students applications on the program topics.
Type of exam
written and oral
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme
08/08/2020