Fiches de cours 2017-2018

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Technology policy and the energy transition

MGT-408

Enseignant(s) :

Foray Dominique

Langue:

English

Remarque

Special schedule. See the MTE website: http://cdm.epfl.ch/mte/study-plan

Summary

This course involves the theoretical and empirical analysis of technology Policy as applied to the issue of energy transition. To address this so-called "Grand Challenge", the combination of market-based instruments with technology policy seems to be of critical importance.

Content

We present a general framework based on the notions of private and social returns of R&D and innovation and market failures. We examine then the various types of interventions by the State both in terms of environmental policy and technology policy as well as the different types of errors that can be done. We clarify the opposition between horizontal and vertical policy and use smart specialisation as an example. We finally apply all these concepts to the problems of climate change and energy transition

Keywords

technology policy, private and social returns of R&D, market failures, vertical and horizontal policy, smart specialisation, market-based instruments, climate change

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Principles of Microeconomics (A. Mack)

Important concepts to start the course

Knowledge externalities

Market failures

Environmental externalities

Learning Outcomes

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

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Formal teaching, team work

Expected student activities

Preparation of oral presentation, writing of a document

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment combining:

25% class participation
75% final project and presentation during the semester

Resources

Bibliography

To be provided at the first session

Dans les plans d'études

Semaine de référence

 LuMaMeJeVe
8-9     
9-10    ODY-10020
10-11    
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Cours
      Exercice, TP
      Projet, autre

légende

  • Semestre d'automne
  • Session d'hiver
  • Semestre de printemps
  • Session d'été
  • Cours en français
  • Cours en anglais
  • Cours en allemand