Spring 2014 - 63736 - PA393L - Advanced Policy Economics

Technology and Industrial Policy in Global High Tech Industries
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.