Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Technology and Public Policy - (c) Technology, intellectual property and innovation policy

MGT-641(c)

Lecturer(s) :

de Rassenfosse Gaétan Jean A
Various lecturers

Language:

English

Summary

The course offers an introduction to science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. Broadly stated, STI policy aims at supporting to conduct of the STI venture. The course is organised in three modules, seeking to cover the 'why', 'how', and 'how well' of STI policies.

Content

This course offers an introduction to science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. We understand: science policy as the area of public policy which is concerned with the policies that affect the conduct of the science enterprise and the training of scientists (e.g., research grants and mobility programmes); technology policy as concerning the support, enhancement and development of technology (e.g., R&D tax credit and intellectual property rights); and innovation policy as concerning the actual implementation of technologies (e.g., commercialization and start-up support).

The course is organised in three modules, seeking to cover the 'why', 'how', and 'how well' of STI policies.

1. Rationales for STI policy. Policies are financed with public (i.e., tax) money, and this module will explain the economic rationales for the state to support STI activities. It will explain that STI activities are subjects to a variety of market failures which require government intervention.

2. STI policy tools. There are various ways in which government can 'intervene' (i.e., spend money) to support STI activities, and this module will give an overview of the most common demand and supply-driven policy tools.

3. STI policy evaluation. Much like a medical doctor does on her own patients, the government does intervene to address fundamental failures in private agents' incentives'and ability'to conduct STI activities. However, government intervention in the field of STI policy is seldom evaluated. This module will discuss evaluation strategies and results.

The class in organised in block, and students are evaluated on a term paper. The paper should identify a failure in the student's specific field, propose a new or discuss an existing policy tool to address it, and discuss possible ways to evaluate the policy intervention as well as results of evaluation programs conducted, if any.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Explain the rationales for public support of STI activities. Describe the main tools available to policy makers. Propose a methodology for evaluating a policy intervention.

Keywords

Policies for the knowledge economy; Policy evaluation; Science of Science; Intellectual Property; Entrepreneurship.

Resources

Bibliography

Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, Vols. 1&2 (ISBN : 9780444519955);
The Science of Science Policy: A handbook (ISBN: 9780804770781)

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites

In the programs

Reference week

 
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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German