Courses Master Display 2013-2014

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Course title Internet Economics
Course code EBC4083
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessment None
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 2-9-2013 25-10-2013 X X
Level Advanced
Coordinator Giacomo Valletta
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Language of instruction English
Internet Economics introduces the economics of network industries and explores issues arising in real-life Internet and technology-based cases.
The aim of this course is twofold. First, the course provides a general foundation of the network-economic theory that forms much of the basis for the economic analysis of information technologies in general and the Internet in particular. Second, the course reviews several real-life cases and discusses the relevant economic aspects of these cases. Course topics include:
1) The hardware and the software industries
2) The creation of industry standards and technological adoption
3) Information goods and intellectual property
4) The allocation of wireless telecommunications spectrum
5) Pricing strategies on the internet
Shy, O. (2001), The Economics of Network Industries, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Additionally some papers are contained in the course literature.
This course starts from the fundamentals of microeconomics that have been handed to you earlier in your studies in the first and second year Microeconomics courses. That is, it presumes a working knowledge of microeconomic theory.
Exchange students need to major in economics.
an advanced level of English
Teaching methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) PBL / Presentation / Assignment
Assessment methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) Final Paper / Participation / Oral Exam
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Master Information and Network Economics Compulsory Courses
SBE Exchange Master Master Courses
SBE Non Degree Courses Master Courses