The major goal of this course is to provide students with a better and more rigorous understanding of the key 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 and innovation and innovation policies framework, with a special focus on the role played by for-profit firms, nonprofit organizations and political actors. These topics will be addressed through lectures as well as various forms of interactive teaching managed through the E-learning platform.
The course will focus on the relationships between innovation, economic development and well-being, with special regard to the role of public policies and public institutions in fostering innovation. Specific topics include appropriability of innovation and cooperative open source models. The course 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 role of public policies and public institutions in fostering innovation.
4- Appropriability of innovation, monopoly of intellectual property and open source models.
5- The 'new geography of jobs': theory and empirical evidence.
- "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 teacher's webpage.
60-minute written exam, aimed at testing students' familiarity with the key theoretical constructs developed within the economics and policy of innovation 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.