20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the economics of innovation. The module will study firms' incentives to invest in innovation and the resulting policy implications. In this module you will build on and expand your knowledge of microeconomics. Topics will include the relationship between market structure and innovation, the role of firm cooperation and the effects of mergers on innovative activities. The module will also look at the role of intellectual property rights / patent systems and policy interventions. As many innovations in recent years are in the area of digitalisation and platform ecosystems, the module will also provide a short introduction to the economics of platform markets.

Restrictions on availability: ECN130, ECN21004 or ECN21007. ECN201

Staff Contact: WENZEL TOBIAS
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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