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Course title Technology and Productivity Growth
Course code EBC4143
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessment Whole/Half Grades
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 5-9-2022 14-10-2022 C
Level Advanced
Coordinator Mark Sanders
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Language of instruction English
The purpose of this course is to gain a thorough understanding of the various models of endogenous growth, specifically with respect to the role of technology and innovation in these models
The purpose of this course is to look into the economics of productivity growth, and particularly how technology and the decisions underlying changes in technology, contribute to such growth according to the theoretical insights brought forward in the framework of so-called new growth theory. That theory will be studied using capita selecta from the textbook by Barro and Sala-i-Martin, as well as some seminal growth papers by Lucas, Romer, Aghion and Howitt, and Jones.
The literature we will be concerned with consists of some capita selecta from the book by Barro and Sala-i-Martin and some selected papers covering the main story-lines in modern growth theory. During the course, I will provide additional clarifying notes. The capita selecta/papers are:
* Aghion, P. and P. Howitt, 1998, Endogenous Growth Theory, MIT press, chapter 2.
* Barro, R.J. and X. Sala-i-Martin, 2004, Economic Growth, Mc-Graw-Hill, New York, Chapters 1,2,5,6,7, Appendix A.
* Brunner, M. and H. Strulik, 2002, ‘Solution of perfect foresight saddlepoint problems: a simple method and applications’, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 26, pp. 737-753.
* Dorfman, R., 1969, ‘An Economic Interpretation of Optimal Control Theory’, American Economic Review, 59, pp. 817-830.
* Jones, C.I., 1995, “R&D-Based Models of Economic Growth”, Journal of Political Economy, 103, pp. 759-784.
* Lucas, R.E., 1988, “On the Mechanics of Economic Development”, Journal of Monetary Economics, 22, pp. 3-27 (excluding pages 24 and 25 dealing with the transitional dynamics of the model, and excluding parts 5-7).
* Romer, P., 1990, “Endogenous Technological Change”, Journal of Political Economy, 98, pp. S71-S102.
* Acs, Z. and M. Sanders (2013), ‘Knowledge Spillover Entrepreneurship in an Endogenous Growth Model’, in: Small Business Economics Journal, 41(4): 775-795, ISSN: 0921-898X.
Minimum requirements are second year macro-economics and micro-economics as well as mathematics. It is absolutely necessary that students have a feeling for mathematical abstractions, and the way in which these are used in formal economic models. In addition, students must be prepared to work hard, as for most of them the actual computer implementation of an economic model will be a totally new experience. This holds a fortiori for handling the modelling software.
Teaching methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) Assignment / Research / Skills
Assessment methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) Oral Exam
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This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
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Master Business Research - Operations Research Year 1 Elective Course(s)
Master Business Research - Operations Research Year 2 Elective Course(s)
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