SEMINAR HISTORY OF INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
The course aims at analyzing the relationship between innovation and modern economic growth that, starting with the technological revolution of the early 19th century, interested European and Atlantic economies first, and wider areas and regions of the globe in the following two centuries. In this context, innovation gets a wider meaning, not limited to technological change. It involves other dimensions too, such as organizational change in production and distribution processes, financial innovation, the emergence of new institutions and regulations. The course focuses on those aspects and on the different “dimensions” of innovation, underlining innovation’s typologies and the consolidation of techno-economic paradigms, as well as their relations with economic growth and crises.
Basic knowledge of general World history, 19th and 20th centuries.
The topics of the course include: discussion of the micro and macro “dimensions” of innovation; technological and organizational innovation and industrial development (forms of enterprise, new industries; their evolution); techno-energetic paradigms and business cycles; financial innovation and economic growth/crises; regulation and institutional change.
Mode of Delivery:
The course follows a seminar format, with introductory lectures, and lively discussion and exchange. Students will attend class regularly and do the readings, that they are expected to discuss and – occasionally – to present. In the second part of the course students will write, present and discuss an individual project (15-20 pages academic paper) on a topic agreed upon with the lecturer.
Assessment is based on attendance, participation and discussion (40%), and on the individual project (60%).
A detailed list of readings will be provided at the beginning of the course. Lectures’ slides as well as students’ papers and presentations will be posted on the course webpage (Moodle) during the course.
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