Course description

This course focuses on one key nexus of questions about technological change: how and why innovation occurs, what policies and other factors encourage or discourage innovation, and how technologies develop and evolve in their early life. Using case studies and journal articles as a springboard, we learn the relevant economic concepts as they apply to the topics we cover. We are not limited to events of the computerized age, but discuss technological change from the Industrial Revolution to the present. The course brings in guest speakers (practitioners in Boston) and also teaches professional presentation skills.

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