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Spring 2014 - 63736 - PA393L - Advanced Policy Economics

Technology and Industrial Policy in Global High Tech Industries

Instructor(s): Flamm, Kenneth S.
Unique Number: 63736
Day & Time: W 6:00 pm -9:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.220
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Course Overview

Students are required to take an additional three-hour course in policy economics, selected from among a set of courses focusing on the application of economic theory and techniques to a specific area of public policy. Course options include macroeconomics, public finance, regulation, international trade and finance, natural resources and environmental policy, health policy, transportation policy, human resource development, urban and regional economic development, international development, education policy, social policy, and labor economics. Not all options are offered every year. This course is usually taken in the second year. 

Section Description

Global high tech industries have mostly developed in an environment where national technology and industrial policies have explicitly or implicitly targeted particular industries, in order to advance national economic, development, or security objectives.

Roughly the first third of this class is going to be covering the history, politics, and economic theory underlying policy debates over technology and industrial policies, the second third is going to be applying these frameworks to actual case studies of industrial policy in global high tech industries, and the last third of the class to actual cases of technology policies.

Students will be reviewing and presenting on the literature in class on a weekly basis, and will also form teams, and present a group project in class towards the end of the semester, as an integral part of the class. The writeup of the group project will be handed in as a group term paper.

The LBJ School's Applied Micro for Policy Analysis, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for this class.