MGT-408 / 2 credits

Teacher: Foray Dominique

Language: English

Remark: 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

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:

  • Understand and discuss the key concepts of environmental and knowledge externalities as the micro-foundations of the economics of environmental and technology policy.
  • Understand and analyze the complex relationships between environmental policies and technology policies.
  • Generate and organize information about specific cases.

Transversal skills

  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.

Teaching methods

Formal teaching, team work

Expected student activities

Preparation of oral presentation, writing of a document

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment combining:

25% individual work
75% final project

Resources

Bibliography

To be provided at the first session

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Technology policy and the energy transition
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Technology policy and the energy transition
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Technology policy and the energy transition
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Technology policy and the energy transition
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Technology policy and the energy transition
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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8-9     
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10-11     
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