This course examines the place of innovation in microeconomic policy space. It does so from two perspectives: the capacity of the private sector to recognize and address productivity gaps with investments in innovative products, processes and methods, on the one hand, and the capacity (i.e., limits) of government policy and program initiatives to promote innovation in their economies, on the other. NOTE: All Economics courses, unless stated otherwise, must have a minimum grade requirement of C for their prerequisite courses.
ECON 1101 or ECON 1102, or by permission of the professor.
Atkinson, Robert D. and Ezell, Stephen J., “Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage”, New Haven: Yale University Press. 2012
Swann, G.M. Peter, “The Economics of Innovation”, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. 2009
Component Weight (% of final grade) Date
Assignments (2 of 3@15% each) 30 Sept 29, Oct22, Nov 19
Research Project 25 Dec 311:59PM, Atl. Time
Final Exam 45 TBA
Conversion of numerical grades to Final Letter Grades follows the Dalhousie Common Grade Scale
A+ (90-100) B+ (77-79) C+ (65-69) D (50-54)
A(85-89) B (73-76) C (60-64) F (<50)
A- (80-84) B- (70-72) C- (55-59)
Students are expected to use the Student Declaration of Absence form for late or missed requirements, prior to the academic deadline.A student may submit a maximum of one (1) Student Declaration of Absence form.
Note that medical notes are not required, including for the final exam. Notification, prior to the start of the exam is required, if students cannot write the final exam.A make-up exam will be arranged with the professor.
You may expect that plagiarism software will be used in course.
Assignments (Value 30%): You must complete two of three optional 3-page assignments: each will be based on recent themes; they will be posted at least one week prior to their due date; and, they will draw from readings dealing with the subject. You must use at least one source in addition to the readings; bibliographies are not required; cite text-sourced references and quotations in the body of your paper and additional sources in footnotes.
Project (Value 25%): Drawing on the various components of the course, students will prepare a research study of a firm, a public sector organization, or a non-government organization. A format and rubric reference document will be posted on Brightspace. Your final document must be at least 5 pages in length, as per the policies noted below (plus annexes, charts and graphs, as necessary). A separate title page and a bibliography of at least five sources are required.
The goal of the project is to present a demonstration of the economic theory and rationale for the funding of an innovation (e.g., a new innovative production process, or a new product or service, or an innovative management program) that advances the social, economic or environmental benefits to the firm, the community or the industrial economy, in general.
Final Examination (Value 45%): a required question section, and an optional questions section
All deliverables (assignments and the project) are to be double-spaced, 12-pt font, New Times Roman (with bibliographies and annexes, in the case of projects). No more than 15% of assignment or project texts are to be quotations. Citation protocols APA or Chicago may be used. All assignments are due at 11:59PM, in soft copy, to the Teaching Assistant, on their due date.Late submissions will be deducted 50% of their value, if delivered late.Projects are due on December 3rd, at 11:59PM, Atlantic Time.
|Sept 8||1. Overview||Syllabus
Swann Ch 1- 2; Atkinson, Robert D. and Ezell, Stephen J Ch10
Atkinson, Robert D. and Ezell, Stephen J pp. 63-84, 128-141
|Aspects (1) Swann Ch 3-4
Swann Ch 5-6
Gerguri, ShqipeMA, Ramadani, Veland PhD, The Impact of Innovation into the Economic Growth. MPRA Paper No. 22270, posted 23 Apr 2010 10:49 UTC https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/22270/1/The_impact_of_innovation_into_economic_growth-final_2008-eng-Shqipe-Veland.pdf
|Sept 24||6. Challenges|
|Sept. 29||7. Challenges||Aspects (3) Swann Ch 7-8; Atkinson, Robert D. and Ezell, Stephen J Ch7
Assign A DUE
|Oct. 6||9. Trends||Firms (1) Swann Ch 9-10 https://www.economist.com/business/2020/01/04/cloning-tesla-electric-vehicle-wars-in-china
|Oct. 8||10. Talent||
|Oct. 13||11Talent||Firms (2) Swann Ch 11-12
|Oct. 20||13. Unleashing||Firms (3) Swann Ch 13
|Oct. 22||14. Governance||Assign B DUE
|Oct. 27||15. Governance||Consumers Swann Ch 16; Rogers, Everett M., The Diffusion of Innovations. The Free Press, London 1983. Pp.1 – 37
|Oct. 29||16. Consumers||Project Topic and 25-word abstract due to TA (note value on rubric)
|Nov. 3||17. Consumers||Effects (1) Swann Ch 17-18; The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Elements Innovation. https://innovationmatters.economist.com/
|Nov. 5||18. Applied||
|Nov. 17||19. Applied||Effects (2) Swann Ch 19-20; Atkinson, Robert D. and Ezell, Stephen J Ch10|
|Nov. 19||20. Social||Assign C DUE
|Nov. 24||21. Social||Competitiveness and SustainabilitySwann Ch 21-22 Atkinson, Robert D. and Ezell, Stephen J Ch 8
|Nov. 26||22. Forward||
|Dec. 1||23. Forward||Innovation in Crisis?https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/innovation-in-a-crisis-why-it-is-more-critical-than-ever#
|Dec. 3||24. Policy||Canada: A Case Study
Faculty of Science Course Syllabus (Section B)
The Economics of Innovation, ECON 2211
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